Nikhat Zareen Enters Bosphorus Boxing Semis By Beating Two-time World Champion

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Nikhat Zareen enters semis Bosphorus boxing: Telangana boxer Nikhat Zareen continued her winning spree in the ongoing Bosphorus Boxing tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.

Zareen entered women’s 51kg semifinals and assured herself a bronze on Friday. A day after silencing the reigning world champion Paltceva Ekaterina 5-0 to enter quarterfinals, Asian Championships bronze medallist thrashed two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan 4-1.

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Earlier, Zareen had come face-to-face with the Russian boxer Ekaterina on the second day of the tournament on Wednesday and defeated her in a tough bout.

Ahead of her departure to Turkey, Zareen was working on her fitness and the game. โ€œI am delighted that I am able to represent the country and do what I love the most. The last time I played a tournament was in January 2020 and returning to the ring after more than a year will be challenging. I am working hard and will give my best to win gold for the country,โ€ she said before the tournament.

Zareen, who fights in the same weight category as Indian boxing legend six-time world champion Mary Kom, was earlier defeated by her in the final of the national trials, thus failing to earn a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. โ€œMy only focus since then has been to work even harder and come back strong. Thatโ€™s something that I am focusing on. I am looking forward to the future. I believe everything happens for a good reason,โ€ she had told the Olympic Channel in an interview from Hyderabad.

Kom defeated Nikhat Zareen 9-1 to represent India at the Olympic qualifiers in China, later shifted to Jordan.