Vikas Krishan, one of the three Indian boxers to have qualified for the Rio Olympics, said he has bright prospects of winning a bronze medal at the upcoming Games, which could be his last.
Vikas (75kg) grabbed an Olympic berth with a bronze-medal finish at the recently-concluded International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament at Baku, Azerbaijan.
“I have a feeling that I will win a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. I will have to win two bouts to bag a bronze.
I am hoping to get a favorable draw as my world ranking is decent and hopefully I won’t face tough boxers in my first two rounds,” a modest Vikas told reporters at an event here.
“The fact that I will be fighting in same category in which Vijender Singh had won a bronze, I have a strong feeling that I will also finish third.
Vijender had won a bronze at the World Championship and so did I, while he had bagged a silver at Asian Championship and I also did the same,” he added.
Vikas, who had sustained a cut during his quarterfinal contest at Baku, said he would need a couple of days to recover and then travel to Venezuela to train for the Olympics.
“I am going to Venezuela on June 30 and will be there till July 10. I will not be able to take part in the competition there due to some rules, but will be looking to catch hold of some sparring partners to practice for the Rio Games. Some of the best boxers are suppose to be there,” he said.