Nikhat Zareen enters pre-quarters of Women’s Boxing World Championships | boxing news

New Delhi: Boxing Star Nikhat Zareen Reached the pre-quarterfinals on Sunday Women’s World Championships in New Delhi.
Nikhat blasts Algeria Boualam Rumaysa To secure a pre-quarters berth in the 50kg event.
Nikhat defeated the defending African champion by a 5-0 unanimous decision. This is Nikhat’s second win in the tournament.
Both boxers initially held back and kept a safe distance. Nikhat, who won the gold medal in the previous edition, won the first title. The Algerian athlete did the same and both the boxers tried to outsmart each other.
While Nikhat landed a few combination punches, Rumaysa took advantage of the Indian boxer’s open stance to land a flurry of punches.
However, the first round went in Nikhat’s favor and the Indian started the next round with an all-out. Rumaysa is also seen ready to come forward and attack.
Both the boxers played with aggression and resorted to a lot of body cleaning but in the end, Nikhat emerged victorious much to the delight of the Indian fans at the KD Jadhav Stadium.
“My strategy for today was to dominate the round as she (Roumaysa) was the top seed. Seeding has an advantage. I got a seeding. If I beat the top seeds, it will make an impression on the judges. Quits,” Nikhat said after the bout.
“I have seen her bouts before. If you are in close range, she becomes very aggressive. So, I aimed to play from distance, but there was clinching and a bit of dirty play,” he said.
Later in the day, 2022 World Championships bronze medalist Manisha Maun (57kg) will open her campaign with a round-of-32 bout against Australia’s Rahimi Tina.
(With inputs from PTI)


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