Nikhat Zareen 2nd Indian to win multiple gold medals at Women’s World Boxing Championships

Nikhat Zareen 2nd Indian to win multiple gold medals at Women’s World Boxing Championships

Nikhat Zareen won the 50kg final. She has become only the second Indian boxer to win two world titles.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, March 27, 2023, 08:58 PM IST
article-image

Becoming only the second Indian female to have two World Championships gold medals to her name, the country's illustrious pugilist Nikhat Zareen capped off an outstanding campaign at the IBA Womens World Boxing Championship with a stunning victory in the finals at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, here on Sunday.



Living up to her name, the tenacious Nikhat (50kg) oozed class in her rampant display against the two-time Asian champion Nguyen Thi Tam of Vietnam and secured a thumping 5-0 win. The reigning World Champion asserted her dominance in the bout from the word go by landing accurate punches and using her quick feet to dodge the Vietnamese's attacks.

The Indian's breath-taking performance saw her prevail in the first round with a 5-0 scoreline before Nguyen bounced back in the second round with a 3-2 scoreline to set up a grand slam finish. In the final round, Nikhat maintained her composure and proved why she's one of the best in the business with a sensational attacking display that helped her seal the win by unanimous decision.

With this victory, Nikhat became only the second Indian female pugilist to win two golds at the World Championships alongside the boxing legend Mary Kom who has claimed a record six gold medals in the competition.

"I am extremely delighted to become World Champion for the second time, especially in a different category. Today's bout was my toughest in the entire tournament and since this was the last match of the tournament I wanted to utilise my energy completely and leave everything in the ring. It was a rollercoaster of a bout with both of us getting warnings as well as eight counts and it was very close," said Nikhat after her bout.

"My strategy in the last round was to go all out and attack and I felt very happy when my hand was lifted as the winner. This medal is for India and for everyone who has supported us throughout the tournament," she added.

Despite shifting to light flyweight from flyweight for this year's tournament, the 26-year-old pugilist from Telangana adjusted extremely well to her new weight category and performed at the highest of levels throughout the tournament.

She notably toppled the top seed and the reigning African champ Roumaysa Boualam of Algeria, two-time World Championships bronze medallist Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand and the Rio Olympics bronze medallist Ingrit Valencia of Colombia.

RECENT STORIES

T20 World Cup 2024: Kane Williamson Uncertain About Future In Shortest Format After NZ's Group-Stage...

T20 World Cup 2024: Kane Williamson Uncertain About Future In Shortest Format After NZ's Group-Stage...

Virat Kohli To Aiden Markram: Players Who Will Be Keen To Find Form In Super 8 Stage Of T20 World...

Virat Kohli To Aiden Markram: Players Who Will Be Keen To Find Form In Super 8 Stage Of T20 World...

Gautam Gambhir Set To Demand For 'Full Command On Indian Team' At Today's Interview With BCCI For...

Gautam Gambhir Set To Demand For 'Full Command On Indian Team' At Today's Interview With BCCI For...

'Crackdown Only Option': Ahmed Shehzad Reacts To Gary Kirsten's Alleged Outburst For Pakistan's T20...

'Crackdown Only Option': Ahmed Shehzad Reacts To Gary Kirsten's Alleged Outburst For Pakistan's T20...

Video: Kylian Mbappe Left With Bloodied Nose After FRA vs AUT UEFA 2024 Match

Video: Kylian Mbappe Left With Bloodied Nose After FRA vs AUT UEFA 2024 Match