Vikas Krishan’s dream run in the World Championship came to an end after he lost to Ukrainian Taras Shelestyuk 12-15 in Baku on Friday. But his effort was enough to earn him a bronze medal. After Vijender Singh's 2009 World championship bronze, he became the second Indian boxer to do so.
Caring little for reputation, Vikas gave his Ukrainian opponent — ranked third in the world —a tough fight and was in contention till the end. In the first round, the Indian was trailing by two points (2-4) and the gap increased to four in the second round (6-10). Though Vikas was very aggressive in the final round, the effort was not enough to bridge the gap and he finally lost by three points.
“I knew the Ukrainian was more experienced, but I am happy with my showing. My aim was to get an Olympic berth and the medal was a bonus,” said Vikas from Baku. “Now, I can focus on my shortcomings in the new weight category and London Olympics is my next target,” he added.