'My boxing is too boring to watch'
Vikas Krishan Yadav admits his style of boxing is boring. But he hopes it will help him win an Olympic Games medal.
He won’t pay to watch someone box the way he does, he says. But he won’t change his technique.
The 20-year-old is one of four Indian boxers who have qualified for the London Games. All are hoping to add to their country's only Olympic boxing medal, Vijender Singh's bronze in Beijing four years ago.
To emulate middleweight Singh's success, Yadav believes he should persist with a style that may not please spectators but has proven effective for the 2010 Asian Games lightweight champion.
"I don't like to watch my bouts; they’re so boring," Yadav said in Delhi this week.
"I have to analyse my game and when I watch my bouts on the computer, I ask myself, 'What is this? Is this how I box?' I hardly throw any punches."
He would rather watch former English professional Naseem Hamed, who was renowned for his spectacular entrances and ringside antics.
"Among the Indians, (flyweight) Suranjoy Singh is aggressive and exciting to watch," Yadav said, but he won’t abandon his own trademark style.
"My strength is my defence and my boring game. I can bore my opponent who can get frustrated because, at times, I'm neither scoring points, nor conceding any.
"Somehow it works for me. It does not look great but winning is all that matters. If a defensive game does that, why should I change?"
Yadav also plays chess and feels the game shares many similarities to boxing.
"Both are about moves and both are mind games," he said. "Boxing is about outsmarting your opponent. Often whoever thinks better and smarter in the ring wins the bout."
Yadav, who excelled in the junior ranks, would not be drawn into predictions over his medal prospects in London but said he was leaving nothing to chance.
"This is my first Olympics, so I cannot rate my chances of a medal but I'm fully satisfied with my training.