I can dethrone Vikas: Mandeep

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2018 10:18:17



HE HAS bulked up to “Indian boxing’s golden category”—the middleweight—in pursuit of a second successive Commonwealth Games medal and after two podium finishes since the shift, Mandeep Jangra says, he is ready to dethrone the more accomplished Vikas Krishan.

Mandeep, who claimed a silver medal at the Glasgow 2014 CWG in the welterweight (69kg) category, would be giving it a shot in the 75kg division at the Gold Coast edition come April.
But for that, he would have to get past Vikas, an Asian Games gold-medallist, a multiple-time Asian Championships medallist, a world championships bronze-medallist, and an Olympian to boot.

“Middleweight and bantamweight (56kg) are the golden categories of Indian boxing.
“From Viju bhai (Vijender Singh) to Akhil bhai, look at what these guys have achieved. I think I will also achieve a lot in
middleweight,” the newly-crowned national champion told PTI.
His statement is not too off the mark given that Vijender became the country’s first Olympic and world medallist in middleweight.