Women’s Boxing World C’ships finals, as it happened: Saweety, Nitu clinch gold medals for India
A recap of Saturday’s finals from the IBA women’s boxing world championships.
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25th March - Session starts at 6:00 PM
Women’s 48kg final - Nitu Ghanghas (India) defeats Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg (Mongolia) to win gold
Women’s 81kg final - Saweety (India) defeats Lina Wang (China) to win gold
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That’s it for our coverage for tonight. Join us tomorrow as Nikhat Zareen and Lovlina Borgohain look to add to the two gold medals India won tonight.
What a superb night for Indian boxing! Nitu Ghanghas got the evening underway with a commanding victory to add a World Championship gold to her Commonwealth Games and Strandja Memorial Boxing gold medals she won last year.
Saweety Boora, who lost in the final of the 2014 championship, ended her long wait for a world title with a close win over former World Champion Wang Lina.
Saweety Boora vs Lina Wang: Saweety Boora is a World Champion! The bout is reviewed and Saweety wins India’s second gold medal of the championships via a split decision! Pure joy on her face as her hand is raised by the referee. Bows to all corners of the stadium and bows down to thank God. Lovely scenes!
Saweety Boora vs Lina Wang, round 3: Wang is the aggressor in the beginning with Saweety coming back midway through the round. Her tactic is simple: lunge at Wang with a flurry of punches hoping to connect with a few. Wang reads her move one time and moves away causing Saweety to fall forward. That’s the end of the bout and it will be reviewed!
Samreen from New Delhi: Saweety has her family and friends looking right at her, screaming instructions and cheering right at her. She looks confident as she goes ahead for the final round.
Saweety Boora vs Lina Wang, round 2: Saweety starts by getting another warning for lunging at Wang. The Chinese boxer knows she needs to get on the attack and does so landing some good punches. Saweety happy to back away and defend. The Indian is given the second round as well!
Saweety Boora vs Lina Wang, round 1: A very cautious start from both the boxers. Wang gets the first couple of successful punches before Saweety attempts a flurry of punches landing a few. A lot of grappling follows. Saweety is warned after almost lunging at Wang. Ends the round with a couple of punches. Takes the first round 3-2.
Saweety Boora vs Lina Wang: Can Saweety end the night on a high for India? Let’s find out!
Almost time for final bout of the day and it is the women’s 81kg final. Saweety Boora takes on the 2018 World Champion, Wang Lina of China.
Presenting Nitu Ghanghas, World Champion.
Lovely images these of Nitu with her idol Vijender Singh.
Nitu Ghanghas vs Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg, round 3: Nitu Ghanghas is a World Champion! The Haryana pugilist clinches gold via a 5-0 unanimous decision! She’s trying to fight back the tears as her coach lifts her up and carries her off the ring.
Samreen from New Delhi: The Indians are convinced, the chats have begun. Nitu looks relaxed. On to the scores now.
Nitu Ghanghas vs Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg, round 3: Nitu has the advantage with three judges scoring in her favour over two rounds. Altantsetseg comes out swinging looking to sway the judges her way in the final round and gets a yellow card for her troubles. Nitu is holding on at the moment waiting for the right opening and landing some solid jabs.
Samreen from New Delhi: Maddening home support here for India but the chants for Mongolia, fewer supporters in number but they’re competing for the decibels. On the ring too, the chants have fired Lutsaikhan.
Nitu Ghanghas vs Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg, round 2: Some initiative from Altantsetseg this round. Nitu finds herself on the mat thrice more as the bell goes for the end of the round. Nitu gets a yellow card.
Nitu Ghanghas vs Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg, round 1: Few tentative jabs from both before Nitu connects a couple of punches. They tangle and Altantsetseg grapples Nitu to the mat. The Indian connects with a few more jabs but once again is grappled to the mat. Twice more Nitu goes on the attack and is pushed down to the mat by her opponent. That round belonged to Nitu but we don’t know what the judges scored in that round.
Nitu Ghanghas vs Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg: Both the boxers stride out to the ring with Nitu welcomed with a massive cheer. And off we go!
Hello and welcome to Scroll’s live coverage of the IBA Women’s Boxing World Championships. Our correspondent Samreen Razzaqui is there at the venue to provide updates too.
It is the final weekend of the women’s boxing world championships in New Delhi where we will see world champions across 12 weight categories being crowned.
There are four Indians in the fray including World champion Nikhat Zareen, Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain, 2022 Commonwealth Games champion Nitu Ghanghas and three-time Asian medallist Saweety Boora.
The first final of the tournament will see Nitu take on two-time Asian Championships bronze medallist Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg in the 48kg event today. Saweety’s final against 2018 World champion Wang Lina in the 81kg event will be the last bout of the day.
25th March - Session starts at 6:00 PM
Women’s 48kg final - Nitu Ghanghas (India) vs Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg (Mongolia), 6 pm
Women’s 81kg final - Saweety (India) vs Lina Wang (China), 7.45 pm approx.
26th March - Session starts at 6:00 PM
Women’s 50kg final - Nikhat Zareen (India) vs Nguyen Thi Tam (Vietnam)
Women’s 75 kg final - Lovlina Borgohain (India) vs Caitlin Parker (Australia)
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