Nikhat Zareen wins gold at Women's World Boxing Championships
NIKHAT Zareen landed a gold medal as the Indian boxer defeated Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand 5-0 in the 52kg (flyweight) final of the Women's World Boxing Championships, reports Hindustan Times.
Nikhat joins six-time champion MC Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha C to become the fifth Indian woman boxer to win the world title.
In a dominating show, Nikhat won all her matches of the tournament in Istanbul unanimously. This is her second win over Jitpong as Nikhat had gotten the better of her at the 2019 Thailand Open, a result which was then considered an upset.
Nikhat, a 2019 Asian Championship bronze medallist, defeated Brazil's Caroline De Almeida in the semi-final. Previously, she had out-punched England's Charley-Sian Davison 5-0 to confirm India's first medal at the Championships. Barring Nikhat's gold, Manisha Moun (57kg) and debutant Parveen Hooda (63kg) will return home with bronze medals.
Nikhat had won the Nationals last year, and with this win tonight, the 25-year-old boxer continued her red-hot form in 2022. In February, Nikhat had become the first Indian woman boxer to win two gold medals at the Strandja Memorial.