Nikhat Zareen of India prevailed over Jitpong Jutamas of Thailand in the final of the 52 kilogramme division to take home the gold medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Nikhat Zareen of India prevailed over Jitpong Jutamas of Thailand to claim the title of champion in the women’s flyweight division in the 52 kilogramme weight class at the Women’s World Championships on Thursday in Istanbul, Turkey. Zareen is only the fifth Indian female boxer to ever win a gold medal at the World Championships.
She joins Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL, and Lekha KC as the only other Indian boxers who have accomplished this feat. Zareen, now 25 years old, won the world championship for junior athletes in the past. Zareen defeated her opponent from Thailand in the final with an outstanding performance, bringing the gold medal back to Pakistan. The scores of the judges were 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28, which resulted in the Indian winning the competition.
Zareen was at the top of her game as she outwitted her opponent by using her technical acumen, court coverage, and quick feet to outdo her opponent. In the first round of competition, Nikhat was able to win over the judges by landing a much greater number of blows than the Thai boxer. Jitpong emerged victorious in the second, more difficult-to-play round with a score of 3-2. Nikhat went all in during the final round and slammed the door on her opponent, which led to a 5-0 unanimous decision in her favour, which was necessary for her to win the match.
Additionally, it was the first gold medal won by India since the legendary boxer Mary Kom took the title in 2018.
Nikhat took control of the fight within the first three minutes and easily overcame Jutamas, who had previously prevailed against Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan, who had won three medals at the World Championships. After his victory over Shekerbekova, Jutamas entered the fight feeling confident about his chances.
The Indian boxer, who was 25 years old and had previously triumphed over her Thai opponent in the semi-finals of the 2019 Thailand Open en route to achieving the second-place finish that earned her the silver medal, made full use of her extended reach and maintained her superiority over her opponent.
In the second round, Jutamas sought to make a comeback by putting on a display of counterattacking, but he was unable to cause the nimble Nikhat, who appeared to be in perfect control, much difficulty.
Nikhat’s strength played a significant part as she threw caution to the breeze in the last round and proceeded to assault furiously before taking the gold pretty handily. This was a pivotal moment for the outcome of the competition.
At the world’s largest boxing event, which featured a record number of 310 boxers from 73 countries and marked the 20th anniversary of the Women’s World Championships, the Indian contingent finished with a total of three medals. Manisha (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) both finished their semi-final bouts with bronze medals, giving the Indian contingent a total of three medals.
At the competition that took place this year, eight Indian boxers made it to the quarterfinals, tying Turkey for the highest percentage in the tournament.
India’s total medal count in the 12 editions of the prestigious event grew to 39 with the addition of three medals in Istanbul, comprising 10 gold, eight silver, and 21 bronze, placing third behind Russia (60) and China. India’s medal haul in Istanbul included 10 gold, eight silver, and 21 bronze (50). (50).