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Commonwealth Games 2022: Nikhat Zareen and Lovlina Borgohain seal berths

Nikhat Zareen

Bengaluru, June 11: Boxing world champion Nikhat Zareen and Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain sealed their berths in the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games 2022 with dominating wins in the selection trials in New Delhi.

At the Indira Gandhi National Stadium Nikhat, the two-time Strandja Memorial gold medallist, blanked Haryana's Minakshi via a 7-0 unanimous decision while Lovlina out-classed Railways Pooja by an identical margin.

Nitu (48kg) and Jasmine (60kg) were the others boxers, who also sealed spots for the quadrennial event.

Mary Kom withdraws from CWG boxing trials after leg injury; participation in jeopardy Mary Kom withdraws from CWG boxing trials after leg injury; participation in jeopardy

Earlier, ace Indian boxer MC Mary Kom was forced to withdraw midway through her Commonwealth Games 48kg trial after sustaining a leg injury.

The six-time world champion injured herself in the first round of the 48kg semifinals, literally ruling her out of contention for CWG 2022 to be held at Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.

The most decorated Indian boxer had given the World Championships and Asian Games a miss to concentrate on the CWG 2022, but luck was not on her side.

Nikhat looked in control throughout her bout, landing clear punches as she danced around the ring.

Nikhat had created history in the month of May when she clinched the gold in flyweight (52kg) division with a facile 5-0 win over Thailand's Jitpong Jutamas in the final of the Women's World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

Capping off a stupendous campaign that saw her dominate all her rivals, the Telangana boxer out-punched her Thai opponent to win via unanimous verdict with judges scoring the bout 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in her favour.

Nikhit is only the fifth Indian women boxer after Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha KC (to have who have won the world title.


Meanwhile, A two-time former youth world champion, Nitu eked out a 5-2 split decision win over 2019 silver medallist Manju Rani.

The Haryana boxer is enjoying a good year. She had won the gold at the Strandja Memorial tournament earlier this year.

Jasmine, the 2021 Asian youth boxing Championship bronze medallist, out-punched 2022 World Championship bronze medallist Parveen Hooda in a fast-paced light-middleweight final.

CWG 2022 India women's boxing team: Nitu (48kg), Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Jasmine (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain(70Kg).

(With PTI inputs)

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Story first published: Monday, June 13, 2022, 11:15 [IST]
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