In Boxing, Vikas Krishan claimed a slot in the Indian men’s boxing squad in the 69 kilogram category for next year’s Olympic qualifiers after winning his final trial bout along with two others in Bengaluru yesterday.
The former world championships and Asian Games medal-winner, who competed in the middleweight 75 kilogram category for a long time, is back to the 69 kilogram division after recovering from a back injury sustained during his short undefeated stint in the professional circuit. The 26-year-old two-time Olympian out-punched national medallist, Duryodhan Singh Negi in a unanimous decision in the trial finals.
Also making in the squad for the Asia/Oceania zone qualifiers, scheduled from 3rd to 14th February in Wuhan, China, were Commonwealth Games medal-winning duo of Gaurav Solanki (57 kg) and Naman Tanwar (91kg). While Solanki defeated Mohammed Hussamuddin, Tanwar edged past Naveen Kumar.