Boxing Worlds: Nikhat and Nitu enter semifinals

Reigning world champion Nikhat Zareen was amongst three Indians who booked their locations within the semifinals of the ladies’s world boxing championships in New Delhi. Nikhat (50kg), Nitu Ganghas (48kg) and Sawety Boora (81kg) continued their robust run on the event and can now earn a minimum of bronze. All semifinalists have a confirmed bronze medal.

Nikhat beat Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat 5-2, and Saweety beat Belarus’ Viktoriya Kebikava 5-0 of their first match of the event. In the meantime, Nitu gained one other struggle for RSC (the referee stopped the competition) after dominating his struggle towards Japan’s Madoka Wada.

Nikhat will face Rio Olympics bronze medalist Ingrit Valencia of Colombia within the semifinals. Nitu will tackle the reigning Asian champion and final yr’s World Championship silver medalist, Alua Balkibekova of Kazakhstan, in what will probably be a rematch of final yr’s World Championship quarterfinals.

Beforehand, Sakshi Chaudhary misplaced to China’s Yu Wu within the 52kg quarters and 2022 world bronze medalist Manisha Moun misplaced to France’s Amina Zidani within the 57kg quarters.

Nonetheless to come back are Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (75kg), 2022 Commonwealth Video games bronze medalist Jaismine Lamboria (60kg) and Nupur Sheoran (+81kg), who will transfer as much as the ring for his or her respective quarterfinals afterward Wednesday. .

what they are saying

Nikhat Zareen:

On the match: “As we speak’s match was a detailed struggle, however I nonetheless gained by break up determination. I’m very pleased that I used to be capable of affirm a medal for my nation. Insha’Allah (God prepared) I may even win gold. My technique was to win each first rounds after which play somewhat bit within the third, however since I gained the primary two 3-2, I wished to remain on the distance within the third… however there was a whole lot of clinch and I used to be getting fairly drained.”

“I used to be shocked for a second after they introduced Blue was the winner (she was sporting pink), however then I spotted she was within the different ring!”

On his journey: “My dad and mom are right here to observe the struggle at this time. After we arrived on the stadium from Patiala, I had flashbacks. The 2018 world championships had been occurring right here and I used to be not part of the Indian staff. I had come as a spectator to observe the fights and see the Indian staff. However I’m pleased now that I’m a part of the staff, particularly since I’ve confirmed a medal.”

On recovering in time for Thursday’s semi-final: “I actually have much less time to get well as a result of to start with that is within the night session (at this time), and now I’m additionally going to must set my weight for tomorrow’s struggle. I’m going to have to manage the load immediately, so I’m I’m not recovering a lot (time), however I do what I can within the morning after which I put together for the afternoon session.”

Nitu Bargains:

On the match: “I can apply every part I practiced. It’s good to have the ability to win matches by way of RSC. I couldn’t be aggressive at first, however then I made a decision to go on the assault. I misplaced within the quarterfinals on the earlier World Championship. I practiced loads this time, ( I believed) it’s occurring in India, so there’s no method I’m letting go of a medal.”

On his mentality: “Our complete staff is right here to win gold. I’ll give my 100%. When you get indignant contained in the ring, you gained’t be capable of focus. It’s necessary to remain calm. Profitable three matches through RSC is nice. My subsequent opponent will really feel the strain”.


On the match: “The boxer from Belarus (Viktoria) is an excellent fighter with a world medal to her identify and with our two strengths, together with uppercuts, being related, I knew she must struggle to the end. She was a bit drained.” the final spherical, however I stored going with my coach, who was consistently motivating me from ringside, and my household within the viewers, who had excessive hopes for me. My subsequent struggle will certainly be higher than this one as I at all times get higher with the variety of matches I play.”