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Rio Olympics 2016: Indian boxer Vikas Krishan inches closer to Olympic qualification

The Haryana boxer routed Kenya's Abaka 3-0 in a unanimous result.

Vikas Krishnan already holds a World Championship bronze from Baku 2011 [Image: Indian Express]

Middleweight boxer Vikas Krishan has just defeated Kenya’s Nickson Abaka in his second APB bout held at Noida. The Indian emerged victorious with a unanimous decision of 3-0 by the referees in his favour.

With this, the 24-year-old boxer from Bhiwani earns the right to compete at the AIBA Professional Boxing and World Series of Boxing Olympic Qualification tournament to be held in the first week of July in Vargas, Venezuela. Besides, the Haryana athlete will depart for Azerbaijan’s Baku on Sunday to fight at the AIBA World Olympic Qualification Event which starts on the 16th of this month.

What it holds in store for India altogether is a host of opportunities to see our second boxer to represent India at this year’s Olympic Games. Till now, bantamweight candidate Shiva Thapa has been the only Indian pugilist to have booked a place in the Summer Games, and with Vikas’ scintillating performance today – that could just be about to change.

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