Indian boxer Vikas Krishnan (75KG) fought his heart out but felt short as he settled for silver after going down to Uzbek boxer Bektemir Melikuziev in the final of the Asian Championship played in Bangkok.
Vikas Krishnan lost 0-2 to the regaining Youth Olympics champion in a grueling fight that left both boxers with several bruises on their faces. With Vikas Silver, India finished the Asian boxing championship with one silver and three bronze medals.
L Devendro (49 KG), Satish(91+KG), Shiva Thapa (56KG) being the other third place finishers in their respective categories. Besides, six of the Indian boxers made the cut for the World Championships as this will be the first qualifying event for the next year Olympics in Rio.
The coach said that he was happy with the performance because six of our boxers made it to the World Championship, but a gold medal would have been better.
In today’s bout, the two boxers went in with sharply contrasting tactics in the opening round. The Uzbek boxer was fearless and moved around fluently threatening to attack every moment while Vikas was defensive. The Uzbek boxer approach found favor of the judges as he took the opening round unanimously.
In the second round, Vikas went on the offensive but the first speed of Melikuziev was something that the Indian struggled to keep pace with. The second round was eventually awarded to Vikas Krishnan on a split decision but it did not count for much as a point was deducted from his account owing to rather a harsh warning for bending.
In the final round, Vikas continued his offensive approach but Uzbek boxer also threw caution to the wind and two boxers exchanged a flurry of punches. The final three minutes were fought on an even keel, but the Uzbek boxer got the nod in the final analysis.
As compared to 2013 India’s medal count did not dip but India failed to win a gold medal this time around.