Reigning World Champion Nikhat Zareen (50kg) and World Championships bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur (60kg) started their campaign with dominating wins on the first day of 6 th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships in Bhopal on Tuesday.
Telangana’s Nikhat was up against LK Abinaya of Tamil Nadu in the round-of-32 bout and she didn’t break a sweat at all. She started fiercely and landed a lot of punches and as a result, the referee stopped the contest (RSC) in the first round. Nikhat will take on Meghalaya’s Eva Marbaniang in the pre-quarterfinal on Thursday.
Simranjit, who is representing Punjab, was at her usual attacking best against Nilzaya Angmo of Ladakh in the round-of-32 bout. Nilzaya tried her best to evade her opponent’s heavy blows but couldn’t succeed. Towards the end of the first round, the referee stopped the contest and Simran moved to the next round. She will square off against Pooja Behra of Jharkhand in the pre-quarterfinal.
2019 World Championships silver medallist Manju Rani (48 kg) blanked Priyanka Shirsale of Maharashtra in a one-sided affair. Manju who is playing for the Railways’ team was on the front foot throughout the three rounds and consistently picked punches enroute her victory. She will face Uttarakhand’s Kavita in the round-of-16 bout.
2022 Asian Championships gold medallist Saweety Boora (81kg) of Haryana defeated Marthamaa Sattivada of Andhra Pradesh 5-0. She will be up against Chandan Choudhary of Rajasthan in the pre-quarterfinal tomorrow.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain (75kg), who is representing Assam got a bye in the first round. She will face Puja Nayak of Odisha in the round-of-16 bout on Friday.
A total of 302 boxers across 12 different weight categories are participating in the championships.
48kg: Simran Chd) bt Neha (HP) 4-1, Manju Rani (RSPB) bt Priyanka Shirsale (Mah) 5-0; 50kg: Nikhat Zareen (Tel) bt LK Abinaya (TN) RSC-R1; 52kg: Kavya Peddada (AP) bt Shivani (Kar) 5-0; 54kg: M. Dhivya (TN) bt Rupa Ranjani (Jha) 5-0; 57kg: Mandeep Kaur (Pun) bt Jyoti (Del) 5-0; 60kg: Simranjit Kaur (Pun) bt Nilzaya Angmo (Lad) RSC-R1; Pooja Behra (Jha) bt Purnima Sahani (Ben) 4-1; 66kg: Manju Bamboria (MP) bt Pooja (RSPB) 3-2; 70kg: Jyoti (RSPB) bt Nomita Kachari (Asm) 5-0, M. Anjali (TN) bt Shivani Bharti (Bih) 4-3; 81kg: Saweety Boora (Har) bt Marthamma Sattivada (AP) 5-0.
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