CWG 2022: Boxers Nikhat Zareen, Amit Panghal, Nitu Storm to Finals, Jaismine Bags Bronze | News about Commonwealth Games

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Reigning world champions Nikhat Zareen and Amit Panghal were among the three Indian boxers to advance to the final, while Jaismine Lamboria settled for bronze at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday. Nikhat stormed into the women’s 50kg final after beating England’s Stubley Alfia Savannah 5-0. Panghal (51 kg) also showed his class when he reached his second consecutive CWG final. Nitu Ganghas (48 kg) also stayed on track for a gold in her girlish appearance. But another debutante, Jaismine (60kg), had to settle for bronze when she went to England’s Gemma Paige Richardson via a 2-3 tie.

Nikhat confidently entered the semifinals and dominated all three rounds to emerge victorious.

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As expected, the 26-year-old Indian was in the lead after the opening round, with all five judges in favor of her, and things continued in the two rounds that followed.

Panghal, who is vying to win the yellow metal after his silver in the last edition, came from behind to beat an aggressive Patrick Chinyemba from Zambia in a 5-0 unanimous win.

Nitu, on the other hand, overcame Canadian Priyanka Dhillon when she took an RSC (Referee Stops Contest) win in the minimum weight category.

21-year-old Nitu had such confidence that she played with an open guard and invited her opponent to strike, using her straight punches and combination punches with great success. In the end, the referee had to end the match.

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In pursuit of their first gold medals, both boxers will have to defeat local challengers in Kiaran Macdonald (men’s fly) and Demie-Jade Resztan (women’s minimum) in their respective finals on Sunday.

“I know it would be difficult, there would be loud cheers for him, but I have to stay focused. I can’t let it go this time,” a determined Panghal, who lost to another Briton and Olympic Games champion Tokyo in Galal Yafai in 2018, PTI told.

Panghal, 26, was left on the back foot as his younger, more aggressive opponent landed a barrage of punches at the world championship silver medalist.

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Trailing 2-3 after initially, Panghal, who seemed to be following the spirit of the Tokyo Olympics where he made a first round, had to dig deep into his reservoir of experience. The Asian Games champion upped the ante, landed hooks and poked at will to win the round.

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The final three minutes were fiercely contested with both boxers trying to make an impression but four of the judges ruled in favor of Panghal.

“He was aggressive up front and I had to give everything and use all my experience to bounce back in the last two laps. I hope I get gold this time,” said Panghal.

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