India boxer Nikhat Zareen has been grabbing the headlines with her recent performance. She has become a two-time world champion. She clinched the gold medal at the 2023 New Delhi IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, following her previous victory at Istanbul in 2022.
Zareen represented India at the recently concluded Asian Games 2023 held in Hangzhou, China. She competed in the women’s 50kg event. She had a tough semi-final bout against Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat, which ended in a 3:2 split decision in favor of Raksat.
However, Zareen’s performance was lauded. She secured a bronze medal for India, contributing to the country’s impressive total of 107 medals at the games. She secured a quota for the Paris 2024 Olympics. This accomplishment made her the first Indian boxer to confirm her participation in the prestigious event.
Zareen’s has faced hurdles in her career. She competes in the flyweight division, a category known for its fierce competition.
She became the fifth Indian woman to hold the title of boxing world champion, nevertheless, thanks to her tenacity and talent. Her success at the global championships, which were held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from April 30 to May 14 of 2023, was an example of her commitment to the game.
Speaking in an India Today event after returning from China, Zareen said that punches from her fellow boxers did not affect her much.
“We have to make a habit of getting punched and that’s why we practise. Every boxer’s punch has a different power. I practised with boys from the childhood, so, girls’ power don’t have a big effect on me, compared to the boys. After taking those punches, Girl’s punches don’t seem that powerful,” Nikhat Zareen said in an event conducted by India Today.