Golden Punch: Wishes pour in for Nikhat Zareen after historic gold medal in Women’s Boxing Championships

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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.



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