Indian boxers Nikhat Zareen, Lovlina Borgohain, Nitu Ghanghas and Saweety Boora won gold medals at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on March 25-26.
Nikhat beat Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam in the final of the 48-50kg light flyweight category, 5-0. Lovlina, meanwhile, beat Australia’s Caitlin Anne Parker.
With the victory, Lovlina took home her first-ever Worlds gold medal. In 2018 and 2019, the 25-year-old had bagged bronze medals in the welterweight category. With the latest win, Nikhat became only the second Indian after legendary MC Mary Kom to win multiple gold medals at the Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Nitu Ghanghas was crowned world champion as she beat Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg in the final of the 45-48kg minimum weight category. Saweety Boora also became a world champion after she beat Wang Lina of China in the 75-81 kg light heavyweight category. That was India’s first ever gold in the Worlds in the light heavyweight category.
Hosts India matched their best-ever performance in terms of gold medals, though the country did not win any silver or bronze this time. The country had won four gold medals in the 2006 edition at home which was also its best-ever performance with a haul of eight medals, including a silver medal.