Rio Olympics 2016: Vikas Krishan's dominant win marks positive start for Indian boxing

Vikas Krishan made it to the next round in the 75kg middle weight category after defeating Charles Conwell at the boxing event at Rio Olympics on Tuesday.

Ashok Gongopadhyay August 10, 2016 11:14:03 IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Vikas Krishan's dominant win marks positive start for Indian boxing

Indian boxer Vikas Krishan made it to the next round in the 75-kg middle weight category boxing event at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. Drawn to box against 18-year-old Charles Conwell of United States, Vikas, in his red attire, made short work of his opponent in the second and third round to win on a unanimous points decision.

The Indian kept his promise of taking revenge against American boxers – as he had lost his bout at the 2012 London Olympics due to a controversial decision, against an American.

Rio Olympics 2016 Vikas Krishans dominant win marks positive start for Indian boxing

Vikas Krishan defeated Charles Conwell on the basis of points in his opening bout. AP

The first round saw both boxers trying to gaze each other up, but Vikas managed to land a few body punches on his counterpart through the opening exchanges. The second round was clearly in favour of Vikas, who brought out his armoury of lethal combination punches and landed quite a few, in quick succession, on the face and body of the American.

In the middle of the second round, one such combination managed to shake up the American’s bread basket. Conwell, being shorter in height, was trying to come in closer and at times was holding Vikas to prevent being hit by punches.

The Indian has good footwork and used it judicially to add to his height advantage. The third round was a bit sluggish, as both boxers traded punches that were landing outside the target area. But in the end, it was Indian boxer who stole the show.

Vikas Krishan will now box with Onder Sipal of Turkey. If all goes well, Krishan will most likely defeat him in the next round.

It marked a good start for the Indian boxing team. Two more Indian boxers, Manoj Kumar and Shiva Thapa, will open their campaigns on Wednesday and Thursday nights, respectively.

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