Updated: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:07:17 GMT | By pa.press.net

Vikas Krishan Yadav

India Vikas Krishan Yadav

An Olympic boxer takes a punch. (© Press Association)

An Olympic boxer takes a punch.

Born: 10/02/1992

Place of birth: Hisar

Event: Boxing

Previous Olympics: 0

Previous medals: 0

Yadav is one of India's most highly-rated boxers after blazing a trail through both the youth and senior ranks.

Prompted by his father, Yadav began boxing aged 11 in 2003 and just four years later he won gold at the AIBA Cadet World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

It was the start of a successful run and he also triumphed at the 2009 Indian Youth Championships before really rising to prominence the following year.

Competing in the 60 kilograms category, Yadav claimed the Asian Youth Championships title but topped that with a gutsy victory over Lithuanian Evaldas Petrauskas to clinch India's second-ever gold at the AIBA World Youth Championships.

Petrauskas gained revenge in the semi-finals of the Singapore Youth Olympics as Yadav took home the bronze, but that disappointment was soon erased with perhaps his greatest achievement so far when he beat defending champion Hu Qing to claim gold at the Asian Games in Guangzhou - his first major international elite tournament.

After moving up to 69kg - his natural weight - Yadav won bronze at last year's AIBA World Boxing Championships to qualify for London 2012.