Women’s World Boxing C’ships: Nikhat enters remaining; Manisha, Parveen win bronze

Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen punched her means into the ultimate with a sensational win whereas Manisha and debutant Parveen ended their campaigns with bronze medals after defeats within the semi-finals on the twelfth version of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Exhibiting a skilful show, Nizamabad (Telangana)-born boxer, Nikhat pulled off a complete 5-0 win in opposition to Brazil’s Caroline De Almeida within the 52kg semi-final. On the opposite hand, Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) gave their all however ended up with 0-5 and 1-4 defeats in opposition to the 2020 Olympic Games bronze medallist Italy’s Irma Testa and Ireland’s Amy Broadhurst respectively.

Playing her solely second World Championships, Nikhat will take a shot at gold on Thursday when she squares off in opposition to Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas within the fly weight remaining. Jutamas surprised the two-time World Championships medallist skilled Kazakh boxer Zhaina Shekerbekova 4-1 within the semi-final.

In the primary Indian bout for the day, Nikhat began off cautiously however quickly shifted the gears and went into all out offensive, unleashing a flurry of punches. Her Brazilian opponent struggled to maintain tempo with a technically superior 25-year-old Indian, who seemed in commanding position after the primary two rounds.

Having taken a lead, the previous junior youth world champion, Nikhat did not let the momentum slip within the remaining spherical as she moved across the ring, sustaining distance and likewise hit some well timed punches earlier than securing a dominating victory. However, within the feather weight class, Manisha tried her greatest however discovered it robust to deal with her robust rival from Italy, who fought aggressively and didn’t give the Indian many possibilities. Parveen too confronted a tricky problem from the Irish boxer in a extra bodily bout. The Haryana teenager, regardless of dropping the primary spherical, recovered effectively and made a formidable comeback.

However, the 2019 European Championships bronze medallists Broadhurst took cost within the remaining spherical and clinched the intensely-fought match in her favour, ending the Indian’s dream run on debut on the prestigious occasion, which has been witnessing thrilling motion within the presence of 310 boxers of 73 nations from internationally. 

This year’s event additionally marks the twentieth anniversary of the Women’s World Championships. In the final version of the event, held in Russia in 2019, Indian boxers clinched one silver and three bronze medals. India have received 36 medals, together with 9 gold, eight silver and 19 bronze, within the 11 editions of the event to this point – third highest after Russia (60) and China (50).

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