On the first day of the World Boxing Championship, three Indian boxers entered the ring and all three won. Boxers who won were Sakshi and Preeti apart from defending champion Nikhat Zareen.
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New Delhi. happening in india world boxing championship The first day was named after the Indian players. Apart from the current world champion Nikhat Zareen, Sakshi also won her first match. Nikhat Zareen defeated Anakhanim Ismailova of Azerbaijan and made a strong start in this championship. At the same time, in the 52 kg category, Sakshi also won against Colombia’s boxer in a one-sided manner.
At the very beginning of the tournament, Nikhat was a strong contender for the title, who did not disappoint the domestic audience. Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medalist Nikhat took some time to judge her opponent in the 50kg category but once she understood the game of the Azerbaijani boxer, there was no looking back.
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Nikhat easily won the match
Despite being the current champion, Nikhat was not given preference in this championship. For this reason, he had to face a difficult challenge in the very first match. The Indian boxer adopted an aggressive attitude and landed several punches on his opponent. Such was the dominance of the Indian boxer that the referee gave Ismailova time after counting to three and then stopped the fight in the second round itself.
Regarding getting non-seeded in the championship, Nikhat said, this is not a problem. It depends on the draw and anyone can get seeded. It doesn’t matter but my draw is good and I will face tough competition as the competition progresses. Nikhat will next face top seed and 2022 African champion Rumesa Boualam. She said, I know that boxer but I have never played against him. I am happy that I fought my first match for India and hope that I will end it well.
Sakshi and Preeti also got victory
In another bout, India’s Sakshi (52kg) defeated Colombia’s Martinez Maria Jose in the first round by a 5-0 unanimous decision to enter the pre-quarterfinals. Sakshi and Jose, participating in this championship for the first time, gave a tough fight to each other in the beginning but the Indian player soon dominated and did not give any chance to her rival after that.
In the opening round of the 54kg category, Preeti registered a stunning victory over Hanna Lakotar of Hungary with a referee stops contest (RSC) decision. In this way, the host country ensured its unbeaten record on the first day of the tournament. In the second round, Preity will now face the silver medalist of the previous edition, Lacramiora Perijoc of Romania.
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