Nikhat Zareen became the fifth Indian to win a gold medal at the World Women’s Boxing Championship when she defeated Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas 5-0 on Thursday in the flyweight (52 kg) final in Istanbul, Turkey. Nikhat was on top form as she used her technical acumen and covered the field well to outsmart her agile opponent. So Nikhat joined Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha KC to win gold at the World Boxing Championships. Following the historic victory, Nikhat told DailyExpertNews in an exclusive interview: “Logo ka bhai hoga, woh toh meri jaan hai† Salman, I’m his big fan. It is my dream to meet him. My dream is to win the Olympic medal first and then go straight to Mumbai and meet Salman Khan.”
Now the superstar has commented on the video. “Congratulations on this golden Nikhat… @nikhat_zareen,” Salman wrote on Twitter.
Congratulations on this golden Nikhat… @nikhat_zareen https://t.co/1H45kV78Jm
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) May 20, 2022
It was also India’s first gold medal since boxing great Mary Kom won it in 2018. Nikhat started briskly, hitting some sharp punches to quickly take the upper hand in the opening three minutes against confident Jutamas, who beat the match three-time World Cup medalist Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan.
Taking full advantage of her long reach, the 25-year-old Indian maintained her dominance against the Thai boxer, whom she defeated in the Thailand Open 2019 semi-final – the only meeting between the two en route to her silver medal.
However, Jutamas tried to fight back on the second lap with a counter-attack but barely managed to trouble the fast-moving Nikhat, who seemed to be in control.
Striking straight and clear punches, strength proved to be a key factor as Nikhat threw caution to the wind on the last lap and continued to attack relentlessly before securing the gold quite comfortably.
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