Commonwealth Games: India’s proud Nikhat Zareen has proved why she is currentky the best boxer in the world. She won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games just about three months after winning the World Championship title, despite contesting in a new weight category by losing weight.
The challenge before the boxer from Telangana was to cut down her weight to 50 kg from the 52 that she contested in the World Championship as this is the weight division that is part of the Asian Games and Olympics programme, but at the same time to maintain the same strength and agility.
Nikhat managed that well and it was evident in her bout with Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland, winning a unanimous decision 5-0 on points in the final, dominating a tactical battle by staying away from a boxer that is good and clutching and then launching counter-attacks.
Nikhat got that idea to stay away from her opponent, block her attacks with right and then counter-attack with hooks and jabs after sparring with McNaul during a training camp with the Northern Ireland national team just before coming to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games.