Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen defeated Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong to win gold at the Boxing World Championships, it was a momentous occasion for the entire country. Nikhat made history by thrashing Jutamas in the 52kg final without breaking a sweat. Nikhat has now won a gold medal at the World Boxing Championships, becoming the fifth Indian woman to do so. Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2018), Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006), and Lekha KC are among those who have won gold medals (2006).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Nikhat Zareen on clinching gold at the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul.
“Our boxers have made us proud! Congratulations to @nikhat_zareen for a fantastic Gold medal win at the Women’s World Boxing Championship. I also congratulate Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda for their Bronze medals in the same competition,” PM Modi tweeted.
Nikhat was born in the Telangana state of India, in the city of Nizamabad. She has been making news since her junior year. She rose to prominence after winning the World Junior Boxing Championships in the 50 kg weight division in 2011. Nikhat worked with American coach Ronn Simms at the Inspire Institute of Sports in Vijaynagar. She took silver at the Thailand Open in 2019. Bronze at the Asian Championships in 2019. She received gold in the Strandja Memorial in 2019. She also took home a bronze medal at the 2019 India Open and a gold medal at the 2022 Stradja Memorial.
Nikhat Zareen Vs Mary Kom
Nikhat Zareen challenged Mary Kom for a bout, following Mary’s automatic selection for the World Championships 2019, which Nikhat disputed. She believes that no fighter, whether a rookie or a legend, should be chosen without first undergoing a trial. Because Mary had already qualified for the India Open Championships, her demand for a trial was dismissed. Nikhat, on the other hand, had the opportunity to compete against Mary for a spot in the Olympic qualifiers. However, the seasoned boxer easily triumphed 9-1 and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.