Vikas Krishnan to make his professional debut against Steven Andrade on Jan 18 at Turning Stone Casino


One of the best amateur boxers in India, Vikas Krishnan Yadav announced last year that he was turning pro and has signed with Top Rank Promotions with the legendary promoter Bob Arum.

He will make his debut against American Steven Andrade at the Turning Stone Casino in New York on Jan 18 in a six-rounder. He will fight in the Junior middleweight division.

Vikas Krishnan has a terrific amateur pedigree, he won a gold medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. He also won a gold medal in the Asian Games which took place in the same year in China in the lightweight category.

He has won a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea.  In Asian games 2018, he won bronze. He had to withdraw because of a serious eye injury. He is the first Indian to win 3 medals in Asian games.

His opponent has a record of 3 wins and 3 losses but has both reach and height advantage over Krishnan.

Junior Middleweight division is a very deep division and has fighters like Jaime Munguia, Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara etc.

“I was an amateur for a very long time, and the time was finally right to turn pro,” Vikas had stated after turning professional, a move that he had been planning for since 2016.

Vikas is being trained by Olympic Silver medalist Shakur Stevenson’s grandfather Wali Moses. His fight will be streamed live on ESPN+ in the United States, but Indian broadcasters information hasn’t been released yet.


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