We know that Vikas will make his professional debut in January, and although it's not been officially confirmed it does seem likely that Singh could be on the same card, as it would give both Indians a chance to shine in early 2019.
The signing of Singh perhaps suggests that Top Rank have got big plans for him on a personal level, as well as seeing him as a key figure in the growth of the Indian professional boxing scene, and he may well find himself in the mix for a bout with WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez (38-0, 25) somewhere down the line.
Back in September we reported that controversial Indian star Vikas Krishan Yadav was looking into turning professional to help prepare himself for the 2020 Olympics in Toyko. It now appears that he has done a lot more than just look to turn professional.
Overnight ESPN.com reported that Vikas, a 2-time Olympian, has now signed professional papers with American promoter Bob Arum and his Top Rank promotional outfit.
The Indian signed his contract on Thursday and will be making his professional debut on January 18th at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona on a card set to be shown by ESPN. At the moment however his opponent and the length of his debut haven't yet been revealed.
Vikas spoke about becoming the first Indian to become a world champion, stating that was his aim as a professional, and that he had signed with "the best promotional company in the world".
The current plan is to have a US trainer as well as continuing to train in India with the Indian national team in Punjab, and the hope is to use this professional deal to help prepare for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, as previously suggested.
Interestingly the other top Indian amateur to have turned professional, Vijender Singh (10-0, 7) hasn't been seen in the ring since December 23rd 2017 and looks likely to sit out the entire of 2017, with his career not really taking off as some would have hoped.
For those wanting to read the ESPN article that's here.
Controversial Indian star Vikas Krishan Yadav revealed to the Indian press earlier this month that he was looking into turning professional to help prepare himself for the 2020 Olympics in Toyko.
The talented fighter recently suffered an eye injury at the Asian Games in Jakarta, which forced him out of his semi-final bout. After that set back he spoke about the 2020 Olympics and revealed that he has a plan to help him prepare for the games in Tokyo, and it involves turning professional.
He told the Indian press that:
"That sort of preparation (for Olympics) can only happen in professional boxing and not an amateur. So, I want to switch to professional boxing. I don’t want to leave anything to chance.”
At the moment professional are allowed to compete at the Olympic games, and in fact a number of professional fighters also competed at the 2018 Asian games, and it seems like Vikas is seeing that there as the perfect way to get ready to face the best amateurs in the world. He will however have to get it cleared by the Boxing Federation of India, who he is intending to speak to about the idea.
As an amateur Vikas has been one of the most successful Indians of all time. He has been a Youth World champion, in 2010, a 3-time Asian games medal winner, 2-time Asian Championship medal winner and a Commonwealth Games champion. Although not on the same tier as Vijender Singh in terms of success and profile Vikas is a star in Indian boxing circles and his professional debut would be huge news if, or maybe when, he goes that route.
(Image courtesy of Rediff)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!