Istanbul : The world women’s boxing championships have been progressing in Istanbul, Turkey. Indian women pugilists have done extremely well. It seems women boxers have taken a leaf from the book of Indian men’s badminton players. They recently triumphed in Bangkok, defeating Indonesia in the final and lifting the maiden Thomas Cup title.
Three Indian boxers, Nikhat Zareen (52 kg), Manisha Moun (57 kg), and Parveen (63 kg), advanced to the semifinals of the World Women’s Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Monday, ensuring at least three bronze medals for the country.
However, Nitu Ghanghas (48 kg), Anamika (50 kg), Jaismine Lamboria (60 kg), Pooja Rani Bohra (81 kg) and Nandini (+81 kg) lost their last eight matches.
Nikhat was superb against her English opponent. She outclassed English boxer Charley Davison 5-0, securing the first medal for India in the championship. The Englishwoman failed to compete with her Indian counterpart as Nikhat proved too hot for her to handle in the ring. Brazil’s Caroline de Almeida will be the next opponent of Nikhat.
Manisha had to sweat it out against Namuun Monkhor. The Indian boxer won the bout 4-1 in a hard-fought battle. Manisha landed several solid punches on her hostile Mongolian counterpart and emerged victorious despite a warning. Her next opponent will be Olympic bronze medallist Irma Testa of Italy.
Parveen easily punched Shoira Zulkaynarova 5-0 to bite the dust. Despite the Tajikistan boxer’s rough tactics. Parveen did the counter attack with perfection and made points at the regular intervals. In spite of several holdings by Shoira, who was warned twice during the bout. The Indian has to fight against Ireland’s European bronze medallist Amy Broadhurst in her next round match.