Vikas Krishan has retired from the Asian Games' 2018 boxing semifinal on Friday, a team source told AFP, denying him the chance to repeat his 2010 gold-winning performance. India's top middleweight boxer He suffered a nasty cut just above his left eye after an accidental head-on collision in the first round of his quarter-final match against Chinese Erbieke Tanglatihan on Wednesday. The 26-year-old had to face Kazakhstan's Amankul Abilkhan in their last four matchday Friday night, but has been forced to retire due to injury.
During his quarterfinal match, Vikas Krishan won a split decision after being forced to box at a distance to protect himself from the injury, but his withdrawal means he will have to take home the bronze medal.
His eye was swelling badly by the end of the contest and closed almost completely when AFP asked him if there was enough time to fix it before the semifinal on Friday.
"I really hope so," Vikas said, before disappearing for treatment.
But time ran out and the source added that the boxing team's doctor had declared him unfit to fight Kazakhstan's Abilkhan Amankul, who will receive a victory in Saturday's final.
There, the great Kazakh will face Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines or Israil Madrimov of Uzbekistan.
Vikas' quarter-final triumph meant he became the first Indian to win three boxing medals at the Asian Games, and will add the 2018 bronze to his Asian Games kitten. He won a lightweight category of 60 kilos of gold in Guangzhou 2010, before winning a medium weight bronze in the 2014 edition of Incheon.