25-year-old Nikhat Zareen on Thursday, 19 May won a historic gold medal in the IBA Women’s boxing championships by outclassing Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong by a unanimous decision.
Zareen, who has looked surefooted in the competition throughout, started her bout aggressively throwing combinations. After taking an early lead in the first round, Zareen kept at it, dominating her opponent in the second round as well. It was the early minutes of the final round when Jitpong decided to let it loose, pushing Zareen on the backfoot. However, the Indian boxer would have none of it and dominated the final seconds of the round to win a unanimous victory.
Wishes poured all over for Zareen on her massive win, India’s fifth in the competition, where many hailed her for taking over from Mary Kom. Social media users mentioned that Mary Kom had dominated the Indian women’s boxing scene for a decade, winning many accolades and they felt proud that Zareen had taken her legacy forward.
Zareen on the day showed her class with quick punches and the ability to counter back at a time when she was pushed back. She has been a highly talked about prospect in India and narrowly lost her spot in the last Olympics after losing a bout to the legendary Mary Kom. A lot if expected from her in the near future and this win only cements that belief that she will take over the women’s boxing baton from the senior pro.
GOLDEN PUNCH !wins gold at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships; Becomes the only 5th Indian woman boxer to win a Gold medal at World Championships.
— Dr. Rutvij Patel (@DrRutvij)
Not that long backwas clueless about how her career would pan out.
From losing out to Mary Kom in the fight for an Olympic spot, to pandemic & all that followed. The Nizamabad boxer was wondering what’s next!
Guess what, WORLD CHAMP is next!
— Naveen Peter (@peterspeaking)
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar)
Congratulationson becoming the only 5th Indian woman boxer to win GOLD MEDAL at World Championship!
She won the very prestigious World Championship GOLD at Istanbul in Turkey.
We are extremely proud of your huge achievement for India
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju)
The new golden girl of Indian boxing. Congrats to World Champion. You make us so proud.
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar)
We have a new World Champion! Heartiest congratulationson winning the Gold medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championships.
India is proud of you
— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal)