India's Nikhat Zareen beats Nguyen Thi Tam to retain her title in the 50kg Final at the Women's World Boxing Championships Final. This was India's third Gold medal at the event after Nitu Ghangas and Saweety Boora's victories yesterday.
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The first round saw Nikhat Zareen put forth some good blows in the phase, but she also received some from Tam. The Vietnamese boxer was also shown a yellow card. In the second round, Zareen opted for a counter-attacking approach and managed to land some big punches.
The third round was also a similar story as she was declared the winner with a 5-0 margin. She also became the second-only Indian boxer to win two world titles, scripting a historic moment for Indian boxing.
Going back to Zareen's run in the tournament, the 26-year-old made a shift to the light flyweight category and comfortably dominated all of her opponents. Zareen defeated the African champion Roumaysa Boualam of Algeria, Thailand's two-time Worlds bronze medallist Chuthamat Raksat and the Rio Olympics bronze medallist Ingrit Valencia from Colombia.
Nikhat Zareen was confident ahead of the final and stated that she has happy with her performances throughout the tournament. She said, “This is the first competition in my boxing career where I am fighting a total of six bouts, especially back to back and all against experienced and tough opponents."
"However, I am really happy by the calibre of the performance I am showing here. I have placed my way into the finals even in the 50kg weight category and there is just one more match to go to win and defend my title. As I am moving forward my game is improving so I hope to give my best in the finals,” Nikhat further added.
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