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12th IBA Females’s World Boxing Championships: Nikhat Zareen storms into quarters-finals

Bibliometric Details: Issue No: 5 | Issue Month:May | Issue Year:2022

India’s Nikhat Zareen (52kg) stormed into the quarter-finals however it indisputably used to be curtains for Shiksha (54kg) as she lost a shut bout at the 12th edition of the IBA Females’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Sunday.

2019 Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen (52kg) made gentle work of her Mongolian rival Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg to flee into the quarter-finals of the 52kg category.

Nikhat used to be the first Indian in action on Sunday and she solely dominated from begin to carry out to outpunch Altantsetseg in a unanimous 5-0 verdict in her round-of-16 bout.

The Nizamabad boxer old her rapid fingers to immense impact and landed a flurry of straight punches on her rival’s face in all three rounds. The highlight of Nikhat’s display used to be her immaculate footwork and tempo, which the Mongolian stumbled on sophisticated to address.

Nikhat will subsequent face England’s Charley Davison, who defeated Hainite Kayla of Togo within the Round of 16.

Shiksha may perchance well additionally not pass to the subsequent round losing 2-3 by a rupture up decision to Formative years Asian bronze medallist Yesugen Oyuntsetseg of Mongolia. A gradual and defensive begin payment Shiksha dearly in her 54kg bout as she took time to bag into the groove within the first round, which the Mongolian obtained.

But Shiksha came attend strongly within the 2nd round and adopted a extra aggressive methodology which paid prosperous dividends for her as she obtained the round. However the Indian may perchance well additionally not abet on to her tempo within the last round as Oyuntsetseg waited for openings to land her punches and set her ploy to pocket the shut contest.

Earlier, four Indian boxers maintain already qualified for the quarter-finals.

2022 Strandja Memorial Gold medallist Nitu (48kg) will desire on Alua Balkibekova of Kazakhstan within the last-8 match, whereas Manisha (57kg) will face a not easy trouble from Formative years World bronze medallist Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia.

Tokyo Olympian and two-time Asian Champion Pooja Rani (75kg) will battle in opposition to Australia’s Jessica Bagley in her last-eight bout, whereas Nandini (81+kg) will begin her marketing and marketing campaign in opposition to Morocco’s Khadija Mardi within the quarter-finals.

Your complete quarter-finals will happen on Monday.

This year’s tournament, which marks the 20th anniversary of the IBA Females’s World Championships, will be performed except Would possibly perchance presumably 20. In the last edition of the tournament, held in Russia in 2019, Indian boxers secured one silver and three bronze medals.

Indian boxers maintain obtained 36 medals, including 9 gold, eight silver and 19 bronze, within the 11 outdated editions of the tournament, which is the third-most practical doubtless after Russia (60) and China (50). In the last edition of the IBA Females’s World Boxing Championships, held in Russia in 2019, Indians concluded with one silver and three bronze medals. 

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