Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen won Gold by defeating two-time Asian champion Nguyen Thi Tam of Vietnam 5-0 in the final of the 50kg category at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on Sunday. Meanwhile, Lovlina Borgohain won in the 75kg final 5-2 by defeating two-time Commonwealth Games medalist Caitlin Parker of Australia.
Nikhat dominated the bout from the beginning by landing accurate punches at the Vietnamese. Her stellar performance saw her lead 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 sealed the victory by unanimous decision.
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Nikhat said after her bout,
“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 utilize 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. 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.”
Praising Nikhat on her victory, Ajay Singh, President of the Boxing Federation of India said,
“Congratulations to Nikhat on becoming the World Champion for a second year in a row. I am sure that she will be a shining example for young girls all around the country to win gold medals for the country. She is going to be a champion for years to come and we will see an Olympics medal from here in 2024 for sure.”