India’s winning moments: Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023

The fantastic four win for India in the 2023 Women’s World Boxing Championship has been certainly a moment to take pride in. Nitu Ghanghas, Saweety Bora, Lovlina Borgohain and Nikhat Zareen are the fantastic four women who brought in four gold medals for India at the IBA Women’s Boxing World Championships, 2023. Not only have they made the country proud but also etched their names in the global boxing community with their talent.
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Nitu Ghanghas

Category: 48 KG

From winning the commonwealth games to winning gold at the Women’s World Boxing Championship, Nitu has come a long way.

She won the first gold medal for India during the world boxing tournament and secured her top position after winning against Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg in their 45-48 kg category finals. Considering that Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg is a two time Asian Champion with bronze medal, this win for Nitu comes with affirmation of her skills to make a strong comeback and progress during the match. Nitu continued to show her progression in the game by dominating Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg to win herself a gold medal.

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Nikhat Zareen

Category: 50 KG

Nikhat is no new names in boxing and especially when it comes to winning India proud moments. She put across a stellar show against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam to win her second gold in the boxing world championships.

Being a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Nikhat came in strong to the Women’s World Boxing Championship 2023 against her two-time Asian champion. She kept her punching technique accurate and deployed a quick feet counterattack throughout the game to gain points in her favour and move towards victory. Nikhat is highlighted in the 50 KG category with this win.

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Lovlina Borgohain

Category: 75 KG

With an Olympic bronze medal in her kitty, Lovlina won a gold for India in the Women’s World Boxing Championship 2023. She defeated Australia Caitlin Anne Parker in a 5-2 split. She also marked India’s fourth gold medal win at the annual tournament and the last too, making the country swell with pride.

Winning in the 70-75 kg category, this is her first gold medal at the competition after winning bronze in 2018 and 2019 editions. In this final match, she beat her opponent by 3-2 margin and used her unique experience and exceptional technical ability to outpunch her opponent and add another feather to her cap.

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Saweety Boora

Category: 81 KG

The 30-year-old boxer hailing from Haryana and representing India at an International level won her gold medal in the 75-81 kg category against China’s Wang Lina by a split decision of 4-3. If you saw this intense final, you’d notice how Saweety faced a challenging opponent and with her mindfulness of technical skills and strength she was able to surpass her opponent in the very close bout.

While the match was a close one, what made the Indian boxer shine was her resilience to carry on with her technical abilities to gain advantage over her opponent. A great of on spot thinking, skills and strength is what helped her bag the gold.

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Medal and rewards

All the four gold medallists from India not only won their respective gold medals at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship 2023 held in New Delhi, but also a massive cash prize of $100,000 (approx. 82 lakh).

While one would take the money to pay off their family debts, they acquired to get their daughter to international level of boxing, another would like to buy herself and family a Mercedes. If you are seeking inspiration, these four women will offer you plenty. Coming from various corners of the country, they are fine examples of how when you set your mind towards a goal, nothing is impossible.

Author: Mankiran