Nikhat Zareen (52kg), Manisha Moun (57kg) and Parveen (63kg) won their respective quarterfinal bouts to reach the semifinals and ensure medals for the country in the World women’s boxing championships in Istanbul on Monday.

However, Nitu Ghanghas (48kg), Anamika (50kg), Jaismine Lamboria (60kg), Pooja Rani Bohra (81kg) and Nandini (+81kg) lost their last-eight matches.

Nikhat secured India’s first medal by getting the better of English boxer Charley Davison 5-0.

Moving in and out, Nikhat blocked the taller southpaw’s rights and landed scoring shots using her own right hand.

The Englishwoman, who was warned for holding in the second round, tried to catch up in the final round, but Nikhat was alert enough to stay safe and take the opportunities to counterattack.

The Hyderabad girl will meet Brazil’s Caroline de Almeida next.

Manisha pipped Namuun Monkhor 4-1 in a hard-fought battle. Manisha used her fast hands to deliver a good volume of punches on the aggressive Mongolian and managed to notch up the victory despite getting a warning.

Manisha will take on Olympics bronze medallist Irma Testa of Italy.

Parveen saw off Shoira Zulkaynarova 5-0 despite the Tajikistan boxer’s rough tactics. Parveen executed her counters despite relentless holding and pushing by Shoira, who was warned twice during the bout.

The Indian will face European bronze medallist Amy Broadhurst of Ireland.

The results (Indians unless specified):