Nikhat Zareen, Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda will try to change the colour of their medals when they compete in the semi-finals of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Wednesday. The three fighters have at least one bronze medal after their thrilling victories in their respective quarterfinals on Monday. “It’s a satisfying performance. The boxers are doing really well, even though they can’t turn it into a win (to turn it into a win). But all of them paid off handsomely. They gave their best in the ring,” Women’s head coach Bhaskar Bhatt told PTI from Istanbul.
Nikhat (52kg) is aiming to upgrade her maiden medal at the world event from bronze to gold, with Brazil’s Caroline De Almeida standing in her way.
The 25-year-old former junior world champion, who won gold at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Championships in February, is enjoying a good year.
In the ongoing event, she continues to dominate all her games and will be confident.
“She’s had years of experience in the ring. We’re trying to use those years of experience to sustain the win, and she’s been able to do that successfully until now,” Butt said.
The spotlight will also be on young Parveen (63kg), who shone on her world debut with an impressive victory.
The 22-year-old’s next opponent will be Ireland’s European champion bronze medallist Amy Broadhurst.
“Parveen is a very skilled boxer who is good at long distances. But in the ring, we have to change her game according to the opponent so we can confuse the opponent. So far, she has adapted herself very well. “Bhatt said of the Haryana boxer.
The third boxer to bid to change the colour of the medal was Manisha (57kg).
The 2019 Asian Championships bronze medalist, who was eliminated in the 2018 quarter-final stage, is one step ahead this time around. She beat technically better opponents in the final eight stages to claim her maiden medal.
But her assignment will be called off when she faces Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist and former European champion Irma Testa of Italy, a favorite to win the featherweight gold medal.
“Manisha has a lot of power in her long distance boxing. She wears out her opponents with all her power and has the ability to dominate on a box and combo basis,” Butt said.
India’s best performance in this event came in 2006, when the country won eight medals, including four golds, one silver and three bronzes.
Tokyo Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohan was eliminated in the second round this time, and Jamuna Boro also went home with a bronze medal.
India has won a total of 36 medals in 11 World Cups so far, including 9 golds, 8 silvers and 19 bronzes, placing it third behind Russia (60) and China (50).
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