Vikas Krishan Yadav is an Indian boxer who competes in the 75 Kg weight category. He is the second Indian boxer after Vijender Singh to qualify for the Olympics for the third time. Sports Talk 24 In 2021, he bagged the ticket to the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Olympics were postponed due to COVID-19 and were held in 2021.
Vikas Krishan Yadav was born on Monday, 10 February 1992 (age 29 years; as of 2021) in Singhwa Khas village, Hisar, Haryana. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. At the age of 2, Yadav moved to Bhiwani along with his father (his father was transferred there). He did his schooling at BPS Bhiwani. When he was 10 years old, Vikas joined the Bhiwani Boxing Club to learn the basics of boxing. Later, he moved to Pune and joined the Army Sports Institute to train in boxing. Business Standard In 2012, Yadav took a year off from boxing to complete his degree at the Kurukshetra University, Haryana. Facebook- Vikas Krishan Yadav
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father, Krishan Kumar Yadav, is an employee in the Haryana Electricity Department. Not much is known about his mother.
Wife & Children
Vikas is married and has a son.
In 2010, Vikas won a gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships held in Tehran, Iran. Next, he defeated Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania in the 2010 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships at Baku. In the same year, he won a Summer Youth Olympics in the lightweight category. He then won a gold medal in the Asian Games.
In 2011, he earned a bronze medal in the welterweight category at World Amateur Boxing Championships. In 2012, he made it to the 2012 London Olympics. He lost his pre-quarterfinal to Errol Spence Jr. He then took a year off from boxing to focus on his studies.
In 2014, he represented India in the Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea, and won a bronze medal in the middleweight category. Next, he participated in the 2015 Asian Boxing Championships and won a silver medal. In the same year, he participated in the 2015 World Boxing Championships. In 2016 he qualified for the Rio Olympics and won a bronze medal in it.
In 2018, he won a gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Thereafter, he won a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games. In 2020, he won the ticket to the Tokyo Olympics; becoming the second Indian man after Vijender Singh to qualify for the Olympics for the third time.
- Gold at Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010 (Lightweight)
- Gold at AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in 2010 (Lightweight)
- Gold at Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in 2018 (Middleweight)
- Silver at Asian Championships in Bangkok in 2015 (Middleweight)
- Bronze at Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 (Lightweight)
- Bronze at World Championships in Baku in 2011 (Welterweight)
- Bronze at Asian Games in Incheon in 2014 (Middleweight)
- Bronze at Asian Championships in Tashkent in 2017 (Middleweight)
- Bronze at Asian Games in Jakarta Palembang in 2018 (Middleweight)
- Bronze at Asian Championships in Dubai in 2021 (Welterweight)
- Best Boxer at National Championships in New Delhi (2010)
- Arjuna Award by the Government of India (2012)
- Food: Pizza
- Travel Destination: New York
- Vikas loves riding a bike in his leisure time.
- He is fluent in Hindi and English and his dialect is Haryanavi.
- In September 2015, he was placed at world rank 4 in middleweight category boxing by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA). SportsKeeda
- During an interview, Vikas shared that he was very undisciplined and never ate, slept, or trained on time. He said,
I was very undisciplined earlier. I would never eat on time, sleep on time, wouldn’t train on time. I was not doing the right things. When I entered the Olympic camp in 2019, I was staying with a wrestler, he taught me a lot. He told me how a wrestling world champion structures his day. He gets up an hour or 90 minutes ahead of the training. Then he does yoga, he goes into training 30 minutes before it’s supposed to start to get into the right frame of mind. So I also started doing those things.”
- In one of his interviews, Vikas shared that he once skipped eating Pizza or any kind of junk food for more than a year. Talking about it, he said,
Within limits, everyone enjoys junk food. Everyone has cheat days, some people have it once a week others once in a month. But it’s been more than 18 months that I have had a pizza or any kind of junk food.”
- In 2019, PM Narendra Modi invited him to the PM house to congratulate and honour him for his contribution to Indian boxing.
- He works out every day to maintain his physical fitness.