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CWG 2022: Amit Panghal, Jasmine enter semi-finals to ensure five medals from ring 

Amit Panghal and Jasmine won their respective bouts to take India’s medal count in boxing to five at the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday. Panghal ensured a fourth medal from the boxing ring after winning his flyweight (48-51 kg) quarter-final against Scotland’s Lennon Mulligan. Later in the day, Jasmine beat New Zealand’s Troy Garton by a 4-1 split verdict in the women’s lightweight (60kg) quarter-final. In the men’s bout, it was an unanimous verdict in favour of the Indian southpaw, who had won a silver medal during the last edition in Gold Coast. The bout wasn’t of great quality, but the 26-year-old Indian prevailed over his younger Scottish opponent, tiring him out with his solid defence. He gained points with occasional ferocious counter-attack. In the first two rounds, Panghal ...
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Government clears camp in Ireland for CWG-bound Indian boxers | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Sports Ministry has cleared an international training camp for the Indian men's and women's boxing teams in Ireland from July 10 to 24, in the run-up to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. An 11-member women's squad, including world champion Nikhat Zareen, and a 15-member men's team comprising Amit Panghal will participate in the camp. The Indian women boxing contingent also includes Tokyo bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain, Nitu and Jaismine, besides coaches Bhaskar Chandra Bhatt, Pranamika Borah and Mahavir Singh. A physiotherapist, masseuse, strength and conditioning expert and sports scientist have also been cleared for the trip. The men's team consists of eight boxers -- Hussamuddin Mohammed, Shiva Thapa, Rohit Tokas, Sumit, Ashish Kumar, Sanjeet and Sagar, apart from...
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Nikhat Zareen: Need to train Indian athletes to handle mental pressure at big events | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Handling "mental pressure" at the highest level is something Indian athletes lack, according to reigning world champion boxer Nikhat Zareen, who feels specialised training should be given to overcome this hurdle at big-ticket events. Indian athletes have a tendency to perform well at regular events but falter at the big stage like the Olympics or the World Championships. "Our Indian boxers are very talented, we are not less than anyone. We have strength, speed and power.. everything," Zareen said when asked where the Indian boxers are lacking. "It's just that once you reach that (world) level, boxers should be given training to handle the mental pressure. "Once you reach the big platforms a lot of athletes become nervous, they aren't able to perform," added Zareen, who was ta...
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Nikhat Zareen, Lovlina Borgohain seal CWG berths

Reigning world champion Nikhat Zareen and Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain on Saturday sealed their berths in the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games with dominating wins in the selection trials here. While Nikhat, the two-time Strandja Memorial gold medallist, blanked Haryana’s Minakshi via a 7-0 unanimous decision, Lovlina out-classed Railways Pooja by an identical margin. Nitu (48kg) and Jasmine (60kg) were the others boxers, who also sealed spots for the quadrennial event. Nikhat looked in control throughout her bout, landing clear punches as she danced around the ring.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium A two-time former youth world champion, Nitu eked out a 5-2 split decision win over 2019 silver medallist Manju Rani. The Haryana boxer is enjoying ...
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Nikhat Zareen, Lovlina Borgohain seal CWG berths | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Reigning world champion Nikhat Zareen and Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain on Saturday sealed their berths in the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games with dominating wins in the selection trials. While Nikhat, the two-time Strandja Memorial gold medallist, blanked Haryana's Minakshi via a 7-0 unanimous decision, Lovlina out-classed Railways Pooja by an identical margin. Nitu (48kg) and Jasmine (60kg) were the other boxers, who also sealed spots for the quadrennial event. Nikhat looked in control throughout her bout, landing clear punches as she danced around the ring. A two-time former youth world champion, Nitu eked out a 5-2 split decision win over 2019 silver medallist Manju Rani. The Haryana boxer is enjoying a good year. She had won the gold at the Strandja ...
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PM Modi meets world champion Nikhat Zareen, bronze medallists Manisha and Parveen | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met India's newest boxing world champion Nikhat Zareen and her teammates Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda, who recently won bronze medals in the Istanbul event. While Nikhat clinched the coveted gold in flyweight (52kg) division, Manisha and debutant Parveen earned podium finishes in the 57kg and 63kg categories respectively. #WATCH | Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the women boxers Nikhat Zareen, Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda who won… https://t.co/4uiIGkxR8G— ANI (@ANI) 1654087463000Glad to have met boxers @nikhat_zareen, @BoxerMoun and Parveen Hooda who made India proud at the Women's World Boxing Championship. We had excellent conversations on their life journeys including passion towards sports and life beyond it. Best wishes fo...
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Telangana announces Rs 2 crore cash, housing plot to Nikhat Zareen, Esha Singh | Boxing News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Government on Wednesday announced a cash prize of Rs 2 crore each to boxer Nikhat Zareen for clinching the gold medal in the recently held Women's World Boxing Championship in Turkey, and Esha Singh who won the gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup Shooting event in Germany. An official release said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao decided to allot residential plots to the two sportspersons at Banjara Hills or Jubilee Hills in the city. A separate release from the Chief Minister's Office said the Telangana government has issued orders to present Rs 1 crore cash award to Kinnera Metla artist and Padma Shri awardee Darshanam Mogulaiah. Based on a request by Mogulaiah, the government has taken a decision to allot a residential plot in BN Reddy Nagar colony. !(f...
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World Championship target achieved, Nikhat Zareen now eyes Olympic glory | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Fresh from her exploits at the World Boxing Championship, Nikhat Zareen has now firmly set her sights on being the first among equals at the Paris Olympics with a top podium finish during the 2024 edition of the quadrennial extravaganza. Zareen clinched the coveted gold in the flyweight (52kg) division with a facile 5-0 win over Thailand's Jitpong Jutamas in the final of the Women's World Championship in Istanbul on May 19, thus becoming only the fifth Indian boxer to be crowned world champion. "I am happy that I have won a gold in the World Championships for the country and in future too I would like to put in more hard work and keep on winning medals for India," Zareen, also a 2019 Asian Championship bronze medallist, said during a felicitation function organised jointly by...
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Going home after Olympic selection trial healed me, worked hard on my weaknesses after that: Nikhat Zareen | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Whatever happens, happens for a good reason. Those were the words Nikhat Zareen kept telling herself after she lost the trials for the Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers three years ago, following which she went home to "heal." Zareen had famously written to the then Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju demanding a fair selection trial after the Boxing Federation of India decided to send the legendary MC Mary Kom directly for the Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers in 2019. "After the trial, I went home to relax my mind. Then (COVID-19) lockdown also happened, so I got to spend the whole of 2020 with my family," the newly-crowned world champion told PTI. "I was able to heal myself during that lockdown and get out of that zone. I enjoyed spending time with my niece, eating food made by my mom....
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Tracing golden girl Nikhat Zareen’s journey from a sprint runner to boxing world champion | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: "Why are there no girls playing, is boxing only a men's sport?" A young and innocent Nikhat Zareen, who was training to be a sprint runner, had once questioned her father. It was, perhaps, just a mere coincidence or destiny, but that moment would turn out to be life-defining for the newly-crowned flyweight world champion. It all started when Mohammad Jameel, a former footballer and cricketer, decided to take his daughters out to play one summer evening. "I told them we'll go and play in the ground so that they learn something. Someone went to play basketball, one played handball etc.," he told PTI. "After observing for a couple of days I saw Nikhat's body language and I knew she'd be a sport person. So, I bought a tracksuit and told her we'll go train tomorrow." Jameel traine...
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Nikhat Zareen Live at Idea Exchange: ‘My childhood dream was to become an IPS officer’

Don’t wear shorts they would tell Nikhat, today she is a world champion: Father JameelMohammad Jameel, a former footballer and cricketer, wanted one of his four daughters to pick up a sport. The Nizamabad native picked athletics for his third daughter Nikhat Zareen. A young Nikhat emerged state champion in both the sprint events, but took to the boxing ring on the advice of an uncle. At 14, she was crowned the World Youth Boxing Champion and looked destined to be a major force. But living in the shadow of the legendary Mary Kom meant a patient wait for her time under the sun. A shoulder injury didn’t help and she missed a full year in 2017. Five years later the pain and frustration are distant memories as Nikhat became the flyweight (52 kg) world champion with a unanimous decision win ...
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What is the secret sauce of world champ Zareen’s success: Clean punches, measured footwork, a ticking brain

Far too often when fighting from the inside, Nikhat Zareen would get her right arm in one tangled interlock. It skidded her momentum. It creased what were otherwise clean, crisp well-defined straight punches. On a good day and throwing them in a bunch while circling from the outside, these were clear combinations that would imprint themselves on judges’ retinas and help them make up their minds about a round. But if her right arm got yanked in by a clinch, it cramped her style, literally. Three judges gave Round 2 of the World Championship 52 kg final to Nikhat’s opponent – Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas after the Indian had started off fantastically for a 5-0 clean cut on all five cards. The 3-2 was a bit of a new situation this week, with the Indian coasting through 5-0 or 4-1 at most. It...
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It was my dream to trend on Twitter, says world champ Nikhat Zareen

After becoming only the fifth Indian woman boxer to become world champion, Nikhat Zareen, 25, spoke about her Olympics dream. Excerpts from her press conference after her win. On her win and the expectations Inshallah, I will work hard like this and try to give my best to win a medal in the Paris Olympics. I would dedicate this medal to all my countrymen who supported me throughout my career. Am I trending on Twitter? It was always my dream to be a trend on Twitter and to achieve something for my country at the world level is the biggest motivation On challenges in last two years The last two years were really difficult for every boxer as we could not train due to Covid-19. I was doing individual training as I have a personal gym at my home. But yes, after all those hardships and chall...
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The tale of Nikhat Zareen’s resilience: From requesting a ‘fair trial’ to becoming world champion | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: None other than legendary MC Mary Kom had asked in 2019, 'who is Nikhat Zareen'? Cut to 2022, the Telangana boxer is a world champion. Three years ago, Nikhat was pleading for a "fair trial" against Mary Kom ahead of the Tokyo Olympics after being denied a chance to compete in the trials for this very tournament and today she stands as a champion. As the flyweight world champion's name was called out on Thursday, Zareen jumped with joy, punching the air ecstatically. She had finally done it. As the magnitude of the moment hit her, the tears began to roll down her cheeks. She had finally proven herself, shut down all her detractors. BREAKING RECORDS JUST LIKE THAT! 🤩@nikhat_zareen becomes the 1️⃣st 🇮🇳 apart from Mary Kom to have won gold at the… https://t.co/SthRT6DnJ3— Boxing...
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Don’t wear shorts they would tell Nikhat, today she is a world champion : Father Jameel

Mohammad Jameel, a former footballer and cricketer, wanted one of his four daughters to pick up a sport. The Nizamabad native picked athletics for his third daughter Nikhat Zareen. A young Nikhat emerged state champion in both the sprint events, but took to the boxing ring on the advice of an uncle. At 14, she was crowned the World Youth Boxing Champion and looked destined to be a major force. But living in the shadow of the legendary Mary Kom meant a patient wait for her time under the sun. A shoulder injury didn’t help and she missed a full year in 2017. Five years later the pain and frustration are distant memories as Nikhat became the flyweight (52 kg) world champion with a unanimous decision win over Jitpong Jutamas of Thailand. Jameel looked back with pride. “To win a gold in the...
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Nikhat Zareen scripts history, clinches gold at Women’s World Boxing Championships | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen lived up to the expectations as she clinched the coveted gold in flyweight (52kg) division with a facile 5-0 victory over Thailand's Jitpong Jutamas in the Women's World Championship final in Istanbul on Thursday. Capping off a stupendous campaign that saw her dominate all her rivals, the Telangana boxer out-punched her Thai opponent to win via unanimous verdict with judges scoring the bout 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in her favour. With this win, Zareen, a 2019 Asian Championship bronze medallist, became only the fifth Indian boxer to be crowned world champion. Six-time champion Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018) Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006) are the other pugilists who have won the world title. BREAKIN...
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Boxer Nikhat Zareen storms into World C’ship final

Debutant Nikhat Zareen (52kg) was the lone Indian to enter the final, while two others signed off with bronze medals in the Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Wednesday. Nikhat made short work of Brazil’s Caroline De Almeida to notch up a dominant 5-0 win. However, Manisha Moun (57kg) and debutant Parveen Hooda (63kg) settled for bronze medals. While Manisha lost to Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Irma Testa of Italy by 0-5 unanimous decision, Parveen went down by a 1-4 split verdict to European championship bronze medallist Amy Broadhurst. 𝙂𝙊𝙇𝘿𝙀𝙉 𝙍𝙐𝙉 ! 🤩 🇮🇳’s @nikhat_zareen becomes first 🇮🇳 boxer to cement her place in the 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 of #IBAWWC2022 as she displayed her lethal form🔥 to eke out 🇧🇷’s Caroline in the semifinals! 🦾🌟 Go for the GOLD! 👊#PunchMeinHaiDum #stanbulBoxi...
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Nikhat, Manisha and Parveen to go for gold at world boxing championships | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Nikhat Zareen, Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda will fight hard to change the colour of their medals when they enter the ring for the semifinals of the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Wednesday. The three boxers are assured of at least a bronze after they pulled out thrilling victories in their respective quarterfinal bouts on Monday. "The performance has been satisfactory. The boxers have performed very well although they weren't able to convert it (into wins). But all of them have played well. They have given their best in the ring," women's head coach Bhaskar Bhatt told PTI from Istanbul. Nikhat (52kg) will be aiming to upgrade her maiden medal at the world event from bronze to gold and standing in her way is Caroline De Almeida of Brazil. The 25-year-o...
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Women’s World Boxing Championships: Nikhat, Manisha, Parveen confirm medals with quarter-final wins | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian boxers Nikhat Zareen (52kg), Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) continued their stellar run at the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Monday by advancing to the semifinals of their respective events after thrilling victories. Confirming their first World Championships medals with a place in the semifinals, Nikhat out-punched England's Charley-Sian Davison 5-0 while young Parveen got the better off Shoira Zulkaynarova of Tajikistan with an identical margin. 🆃🅷🆁🅾️🆄🅶🅷 🆃🅷🅴 🅻🅴🅽🆂 📸 1️⃣st medal confirmed ✅ ! 👊🔥Well done, @nikhat_zareen ! 👏👏Enjoy the glimpses!👇😍… https://t.co/G2aQdnixiB— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) 1652703656000Manisha, on the other hand, dispatched Mongolia's Namuun Monkhor in a hard-fought quarterfinal by a 4-1 split decision. 🆃🅷🆁🅾️🆄🅶...
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Boxing World C’ships: Nikhat Zareen secures India’s first medal in Istanbul

Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen (52kg) secured India its first medal at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Monday by advancing to the semifinals with a superb win. Continuing her stellar run from the prestigious Strandja Memorial tournament where she won the gold earlier this year, Nikhat out-punched England’s Charley-Sian Davison 5-0. The 25-year-old Telangana boxer was all pumped up in her highly physical bout against Davison. Both boxers went attacking ferociously against each other in the first round. However, the second round was a one way street as Nikhat pounded her opponent with terrific body shots to tire her out while also landing clean and sharp punches. WOHOOO! 🤩🥳 🇮🇳’s @nikhat_zareen showed 🔥 prowess of attack and defence to pack 🏴󠁧...