Vikas Krishan bowed out of the Rio Olympics after losing his quarter-final against Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev in the men’s 75kg category on Monday.
Vikas was clearly dominated by the Uzbek who won 3:0 by unanimous decision and advanced to the semi-final at the Rio Games.
The Indian boxer moved exceptionally well in the first round but failed to land punches in round. The second round was dominated by Melikuziev and won it with two judges giving 10:8.
Vikas looked frustrated in the third round and though he hit some punches, he failed to make an impact. He was also the quarter-finalist at the London Olympics.
Vikas Krishan vs Bektemir Melikuziev boxing match: As it happened
0355 hrs IST: All over for Vikas Krishan! He loses his bout to Melikuziev by unanimous decision and bows out of the Games. No medal for India from boxing
0354 hrs IST: Melikuziev dominating Vikas, who is swinging it widly. He is sure to have same fate as London
0352 hrs IST: Vikas loses the second round as well. Melikuziev dominating it. 10-8 to Melikuziev from 2 judges
0351 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan taking a beating. A fine upper cut from Melikuziev
0349 hrs IST: All three judges giving the round to Melikuziev. Krishan trailing
0348 hrs IST: Melikuziev clearly the better boxer in the bout. Aggressive and punching hard. Vikas needs to pull up
0346 hrs IST: No clean punches from either boxers but Vikas on the defence. He needs to keep moving
0344 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan walking out to the ring. He is in red corner for the fight
0325 hrs IST: India’s Vikas Krishan has dominated his previous two bouts. Can he do it again?
0315 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan lost in the quarter-finals of London Olympics. He is at that stage again
0305 hrs IST: He faces Bektemir Melikuziev, a tough opponent from Uzbekistan. Both have fought in the 2015 Asian Championships final and Vikas lost a very close bout
0300 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan, India lone boxing remaining in Rio Games will take the ring in a few minutes
Mukka khana hai, aur mukka maarna hai. Get hit, and hit a few of your own. “Hum Haryana se hai,” Manoj Kumar says for good measure, a self-explanatory pithy philosophy with its all-encompassing punches and punchlines that reach a crescendo every Olympics.
Manoj Kumar’s reductive analysis of an Olympic boxing bout doesn’t need deep, dissecting, thread-baring. He’s just crowded Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania with his fast-flapping punches, and advanced to the quarters. The face is bruised because he’s taken more than a fair share. “Simple hai. Maarna hai,” he says. Like they tell the Hulk: Smash. It doesn’t matter if it’s red or blue in the corner, it’s all green rage in Haryana boxers when they get cracking in the ring here.
Like Akhil showed, it needn’t always work. Like Vijender countered – with a few tweaks, it might.
There’s nuance to this whole business of no-holds-barred boxing though. Akhil Kumar with his guard down can go down in history as cavalier – or courageous. Vijender, on the other hand, played it smarter and exploited the simplest of science of a straight punch.
Manoj Kumar is livid his team-mate Shiva Thapa didn’t give himself much of a chance – he didn’t throw enough punches as he ought to have.
“I am not as talented as him, or skilled like Vikas. But why complicate? You should be prepared to get beaten up and then hit back yourself. That’s all boxing is,” he says. “In Haryana, it is,” he repeats.
Indian boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav defeated Onder Sipal of Turkey 3-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the men’s Middleweight (75kg) category at the ongoing Rio Olympics here.
The Haryana boxer dominated all three rounds of the Round of 16 clash on Friday to clinch a unanimous decision with the judges scoring 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 in his favour.
Vikas, who is just one win away from a medal, will now face Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan for a berth in the last four stage.
The Uzbek was quite impressive during his quarter-final bout, handing out some brutal punishment to Jason Daniel of Australia over three one-sided rounds to claim a unanimous 30-27, 30-26, 30-27 verdict.
Vikas dominated right from the start, scoring freely with his quick combinations and jabs. The 24-year-old also kept the Turk from landing too many punches with his excellent defence and fast reflexes.
Vikas Krishnan stood a win away from an elusive Olympic medal as the Indian outclassed Turkey’s Sipal Onder 3-0 to comfortably advance to the quarterfinals of men’s 75kg middleweight boxing at the Rio Games.
The 24-year-old Indian started off with some counter punches in a fast-paced round one in Pavilion 6 at Riocentro, and he carried on the momentum throughout to emerge triumphant.
With 38 seconds to go the Turkish had to take a break to treat his bleeding eye, which reflected Vikas’s complete domination of the first round.
The second round was no different as Sipal, a 29-year-old veteran who had a close win over Benny Muziyo of Zambia in his opener, took a defensive stance and tried to keep a distance to avoid Vikas’ jabs.
The former Asian Games gold medallist, on the other hand, continued his steady progress and at the same time was cautious enough to thwart Sipal’s counter punches.
In the pre-quarterfinals, Vikas seemed the more assured boxer and will face his stiffest challenge against Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan, who has also beaten the Indian in the final of the 2015 Asian Championships.