Nikhat Zareen, Parveen and Manisha came up with off powerful performances to start their campaign at the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships with dominating victories in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Progressing into the second round, 2019 Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat outpunched Mexico’s Herrera Alvarez in the 52kg category by unanimous decision, while Parveen also thrashed Mariia Bova of Ukraine by a similar margin.
Manisha, who was handed a bye in the opening round, also notched up an easy 5-0 win against Nepal’s Kala Thapa to make her way into the 57kg third round.
The 25-year-old from Telangana, Nikhat, who clinched the gold medal at the Strandja Tournament in February, looked in complete control and exhibited a brilliant tactical display. The Mexican boxer tried her best but it wasn’t enough as Nikhat took advantage of her long reach and kept on attacking with some sharp and precise punches before tilting the result in her favour without breaking a sweat.
This was India’s second victory on the third day of the competition after Parveen provided a perfect start for the day. The Rohtak-based boxer completely dominated the 63kg opening round bout as she attacked from the very beginning. She didn’t just time her punches to perfection, but also impressed in defence. Showcasing sharp reflexes, Parveen landed some clear punches and her relentless attack unsettled her Ukrainian opponent quite a few times as she completed a comfortable win.
After an impressive start to their campaigns, Nikhat will now take on 2021 Asian Championships bronze medallist Mongolia’s Lutsaikhany Altantsetseg in the next round while Parveen will be up against the former Youth Olympics champion Jajaira Gonzalez of USA in the pre-quarter finals on Sunday.
Asian Championships 2021 bronze medallist Jaismine, Anamika and Shiksha will start their campaigns in the round-of-32 on Thursday. Jaismine will face a challenge from the two-time Youth Asian Champion Porntip Buapa of Thailand in the 60kg category while Anamika (50kg) will fight against Romania’s Eugenia Anghel. Shiksha, who was handed a bye in the opening round, will play Argentina’s Herrera Milagros Rosario in the 54kg match.
Saweety, in the 75 kg event, however, was the only Indian to suffer a defeat after losing to Kerry Davis of England.