Nitu Ghanghas in 45 to 48 kg and Saweety Boora in 75 to 81 kg will play their final matches at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi this evening. Commonwealth Games 2022 champion Nitu Ghanghas, defending world champion Nikhat Zareen, Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain and three-time Asian medalist Saweety Boora will present India’s challenge in the final.
India’s gold medal campaign will begin when Nitu (48kg) will take on two-time Asian Championships bronze-medallist Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg of Mongolia in the final bout on Saturday. Nitu is competing in her second World Championship. Her campaign so far has been fantastic. During this, she has won three bouts via referee stop contest (RSC) decisions. Nitu will look to carry that momentum into the finals.
On the other hand, Saweety (81kg) will take on Wang Lina of China in the title clash on Saturday. This is her second Women’s World Boxing Championships final. She had to be content with a silver medal after reaching the final of the World Championship in 2014. That bout was against a Chinese opponent. Therefore, she will do her best to avoid a repeat of that result this time around.
Meanwhile, Nikhat Zareen (50kg) is ready to defend her Women’s World Boxing Championships title and win back-to-back World Championship gold medals. She will take on two-time Asian champion Nguyen Thi Tam of Vietnam in the final on Sunday. The star boxer from Telangana has been dropped in the light flyweight category this time. But she has so far dominated all her rivals, including African champion Roumaysa Boualam of Algeria, two-time world bronze medalist Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand and Rio Olympics bronze medalist Winners Ingrit Valencia of Colombia.
At the same time, having won two bronze medals at two World Championships in 2018 and 2019, Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) wants to see her medal as gold this time and will give it her all to win it. She will take on two-time Commonwealth Games medalist Caitlin Parker of Australia in the final on Sunday. Like Nikhat, the Assamese boxer has also changed her weight category. She has been on top of her game throughout the Women’s World Boxing Championships. He defeated China’s very strong boxer China’s Li Qian in the semi-final bout on Thursday.
With these four medals, India is tied third with Colombia in the medals tally of the Women’s World Boxing Championships. While China (7) and Kazakhstan (6) are on the first and second place respectively.