The Indian women’s boxing team has written a new chapter in the history of the International Boxing Association (IBA) Women’s World Boxing Championships at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Sports Complex in Delhi by winning four gold medals. On Sunday, Nikhat Zareen and Lovlina Borgohain won gold medals in their respective weight categories to swell the Indian medal tally to four golds. On Saturday, Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) and Saweety Boora (81kg) clinched the yellow metal too.
In Sunday's gold medal match, India’s Nikhat Zareen took a deep breath before stepping inside the ring to compete for the 50kg bout against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam. The 26-year-old grabbed her chance with both hands to score a 5-0 win. That gave her back-to-back gold medals at the prestigious World Boxing Championships, but in different weight categories. In 2022 World Boxing Championships, Nikhat won gold in 52kg.
For Nikhat, the route to winning a second world title was far from easy. But she steadily marched forward at every step, ultimately proving her mettle when it mattered the most. Nikhat had the upper hand at the start of the gold medal match against Nguyen, before the latter made an effort to close the gap as the match progressed. The last three minutes proved to be the toughest for the Indian boxer as Nguyen was more aggressive. It was all about good physical fitness and mental toughness at that stage.
Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) and Saweety Boora (81kg) were the other two gold medallists for India at the New Delhi Worlds. While Nikhat’s win was clean and simple, Lovlina’s was unconvincing and debatable. The boxer from Assam, who was competing for the first time in the Olympic weight division of 75kg after shifting from the non-Olympic class of 69kg, trailed the Australian 1-4 in the second round after managing to ward off her opponent’s attacks in the first period to claim it 3-2 in her favour. Going into the third and final round, the Indian was under pressure to fight aggressively. But it was Parker who was the aggressor and whose punches were more precise. Lovlina could only be seen defending and trying to fight from long range. The Australian was relentless in her counter-attacks and, after the end of the bout, it appeared that Parker might edge past Lovlina on points. But much to the surprise of everyone, the Indian was declared the winner.