New Delhi, May 11: Nikhat Zareen, Parveen and Manisha delivered powerful performances to extend India’s unbeaten streak at the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships with dominant victories in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Advancing to the second round, 2019 Asian Championships bronze medalist Nikhat edged out Mexico’s Herrera Alvarez in the 52kg category by unanimous decision, while Parveen also defeated Ukraine’s Mariia Bova by a similar margin.
Manisha (57kg), who was given a bye in the first round, also posted an easy 5-0 win against Nepal’s Kala Thapa to reach the 57kg third round.
The 25-year-old from Telangana, Nikhat, who won the gold medal at the Strandja Tournament in February, looked in complete control and put on a brilliant tactical display. The Mexican boxer tried her best, but it wasn’t enough, as Nikhat took advantage of her long range and continued to attack with some hard and accurate punches before tipping the scoreline in her favor without breaking a sweat.
This was India’s second win on the third day of the competition after Parveen provided a perfect start to the day. The Rohtak-based boxer completely dominated the opening 63kg bout as she attacked from the start. She not only timed her strikes to perfection, but she also impressed on defense. Showing sharp reflexes, Parveen landed some clear shots and her relentless attack unsettled her Ukrainian opponent several times as she completed a comfortable victory.
After an impressive start to their campaigns, Nikhat will now face 2021 Asian Championships bronze medalist Lutsaikhany Altantsetseg of Mongolia in the next round, while Parveen will take on former Youth Olympics champion Lutsaikhany Altantsetseg. USA’s Jajaira Gonzalez in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Later tonight, another Indian boxer Saweety (75kg) will also begin her challenge at the prestigious tournament, which has seen high voltage competition in the presence of a record 310 boxers from 73 countries around the world. She will face Kerry Davis from England.