Monday, October 2, 2023

Women’s World Boxing Championships: Nikhat second and Neetu for the first time…

Lovlina, Nikhat and Neetu Ghanghas
– Photo: Social Media


Nikhat Zareen is one step away from becoming world champion for the second time in a row and Haryana’s Neetu for the first time. While Nikhat beat Olympic medalist and last World Championship silver-winner Victoria Valencia Ingrit of Colombia 5-0, Neetu beat Asian champion and last World Championship silver-winner Alua Balkibekova of Kazakhstan 5-2 in the final. Made a place Neetu avenged her loss to Alua in the quarterfinals of the World Championships last year.

This championship has become special for Nikhat. He told that for the first time his mother had come to see him play in front of her first eyes in a championship. Nikhat says that earlier her mother used to get upset at the mere thought of entering the ring, but she has become a bit stronger after the gold in the last World Championship. That is the reason why she has come to this championship to watch him play herself. Mother gets a little upset when she gets hit, but now she has understood. Nikhat says that she wants to win gold here and once again put it around her mother’s neck.

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strategy adopted four years ago

Nikhat says it was her best bout so far in the tournament. She has defeated Ingrit in Big Bout in 2019. He adopted his strategy against him four years ago here which once again worked. This championship is a big part of the preparations for the Asian Games for them. Nikhat will play Asian champion Nyon Thi Tam in the final.

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Neetu came determined to defeat Alua at any cost

Before entering the semi-finals, Neetu’s mind was constantly wandering about the quarter-finals of the World Championship held in Istanbul (Turkey) last year. She was remembering that she had lost in a very close match to Alua Balkibekova of the same Kazakhstan despite suffering from fever. Otherwise the world championship medal would have been in his hand at that very moment. Neetu was also forbidden to play by the coaches during that time, but she played and lost on the verge of victory. Neetu had come here determined, she has to win this match at any cost. According to the strategy of the coaches, she decided that she would not play away from Balkibekova. Will attack by going near him. Neetu says that Balkibekova is adept at playing from distance. She also plays from a distance, but today she did not do so, which gave her the advantage.

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Neetu will play with Mongolian boxer in the final

After losing the first round 2-3, Neetu came back strongly in the second round to win 4-1. Even in the third round, she went near Alua and kept attacking him. She also fell five times in the ring, but avenged her previous loss to Alua. Neetu will take on Lutsaikhan of Mongolia in the final.



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