Women's World Boxing Championships: Nikhat Zareen breezes into final; Manisha, Parveen sign off with bronze medals

Women's World Boxing Championships: Nikhat dominated her Brazilian opponent to bring up a 5-0 win. Manisha, on the other hand, lost to Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Irma Testa of Italy.

By Subhasish Dutta
Wed, 18 May 2022 06:20 PM IST
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Women's World Boxing Championships: Nikhat Zareen breezes into final; Manisha, Parveen sign off with bronze medals
Nikhat Zareen (52kg) celebrates her victory. (Image Credit: SAI Media Twitter Handle)

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: India's Nikhat Zareen (52kg) stormed into the final of the Women's World Boxing Championships with a cruising win over Brazil's Caroline De Almeida while Manisha Moun (57kg) signed off with a bronze medal in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Nikhat dominated her Brazilian opponent to bring up a 5-0 win. Manisha, on the other hand, lost to Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Irma Testa of Italy by an identical margin.

Meanwhile, Parveen Hooda (63kg) too settled for bronze after losing to Ireland's Amy Broadhurst 1-4. 

Zareen, who is a former junior world champion, stayed calm and completely dominated her rival for a 5-0 win by unanimous decision in the last-four bout of the 52kg competition.

The 2019 Asian Championships bronze medallist Manisha, competing in her second world championship, tried hard to outdo her technically superior opponent with her power punches but Testa defended superbly.

Six-time champion MC Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha C are the only Indian women boxers who have won the world title and now Hyderabad-based Zareen has the opportunity to join the elite list.

India's best performance in the event came in 2006 when the country snared eight medals, including four gold, one silver and three bronze.

In the last edition, four Indian boxers returned home with medals — Manju Rani clinched the silver, while Mary Kom bagged an unparalleled eighth world medal in the form of a bronze.

Parveen Hooda (63kg) will compete in her semifinal later in the day.

(With PTI Inputs)

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