Boxing: Bitter London lesson drives Yadav on path to Rio

Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:20pm EDT
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By Amlan Chakraborty

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Vikas Krishan Yadav has learned from the bitterest experience that he can leave nothing to chance in the Olympic ring and it is a lesson the Indian boxer will carry with him to the Rio Games.

Four years ago, the then 20-year-old welterweight thought he had clinched a place in the quarter-finals of the London Olympic tournament after beating American Errol Spence 13-11.

His joy turned quickly to outrage when amateur boxing's governing body AIBA, after reviewing video footage, overturned the result and awarded the American four additional points for fouls committed by Yadav.

India subsequently took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which rejected the appeal.

Yadav has since moved up to the 75kg category, but the feeling of being wronged in London has never left him.

"London taught me a big lesson," the softly-spoken boxer told Reuters in an interview, sporting a mosaic of bruises on the top half of his face and a couple of stitches over his right eye.

"It taught me I can't leave anything to chance. It taught me results of close contests can go either way even after you've been declared the winner.

"Since then, I have always tried to make my bouts one-sided and win it really big. That will be my effort in Rio as well."   Continued...