Jul 01 2022

Nikhat Zareen Won Gold Medal in World Boxing Championship.

Nikhat Zareen Won Gold Medal in World Boxing Championship.

Indian Boxer Nikhat Zareen satisfied hopes to become title holder by overcoming Jitpong Jutamas of Thailand 5-0 in the uneven last of the flyweight (52kg) class of the Women's World Championships in Istanbul on Thursday. Zareen, a Telangana boxer, outclassed her opponents throughout the event, winning the final by a unanimous decision of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28. With this success, 2019 Asian Championships bronze medalist Zareen turned out to be just the fifth Indian female fighter to turn into a title holder.

The fighter was born in Nizamabad, (Telangana), the fighter is the subsequent world boxing champion after six-time champion MC Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekh KC (2006). She turned out to be just the fifth Indian lady to win a gold decoration in the title. It is also India's first gold medal in this prestigious global event since boxer legend Mary Kom's title win in 2018. In today's match, Nikhat got off to a strong start, taking the lead in the first three minutes against a confident Jutamas with some precision blows.It wasn't that the boxer in front of Nikhat didn't have a fairly high level. She qualified to the final after overcoming Kazakhstan's Zaina Shekarbekova, a three-time World Championship medalist.

Ajay Singh, president of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), said it is always a goal to win a medal at a major event like the World Championship, and Nikhat's achievement is remarkable. BFI is happy that our athletes have not only made us proud, but that their individual boxing adventures will serve as an inspiration to future generations. I congratulate Nikhat and bronze medalists Parveen and Manisha, as well as the coaches and support staff, on their achievements on behalf of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI).Eight of our fighters qualified for the quarterfinals which was the joint-largest number which shows the strength of Indian boxing. Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) both took bronze in this competition. The Indian team finished third in the world's biggest boxing competition with three medals.

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