Nikhat, Manisha, Parveen assure medals with reaching IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships semis

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India have been assured of three maiden medals at the ongoing IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships as star pugilists Nikhat Zareen, Manisha and Parveen secured wins in their respective quarterfinal bouts to earn their berths in the semifinals in Istanbul on Monday.

In the 52 kg quarterfinals, Nikhat outboxed Charley-Sian Taylor Davison of England to a dominating 5-0 finish. Parveen produced an identical finish in her 63 kg bout against Shoira Zulkaynarova of Tajikistan, while Manisha entered the 57 kg semifinals with a 4-1 victory over Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia.

Coming off of a gold medal finish at the coveted Strandja Memorial tournament earlier this year, Nikhat stated that she hopes to clinch another gold for India at the World Championships.

“My opponent was taller than me today, so my strategy was to block her right hand which is her strength. I am delighted to give India the first medal, hope I can win the gold,” said Nikhat after her victory.

On the other hand, Pooja Rani and Nitu saw their campaigns coming to conclusions after suffering losses in their respective quarterfinal bouts. Two-time Asian champion Pooja, competing in the 81 kg event, lost to Aussie pugilist Jessica Bagley via 2-3 split verdict. Nitu, the two-time youth world champion, meanwhile, saw an identical defeat in her 48 kg quarterfinal bout against reigning Asian champion Alua Balkibekova of Kazakhstan.

Highlights:

  • Nikhat Zareen (52 kg), Manisha (57 kg) and Parveen (63 kg) assured India three maiden medals with reaching the semifinal round of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
  • Meanwhile, Pooja Rani (81 kg) and Nitu (48 kg) ended their campaigns with losses in their respective quarterfinal bouts

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