Three Indian boxers, including Nikhat Zareen, advanced to the semi-finals in their respective events after thrilling wins, while Lovlina Borgohain came out last eight in the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. With their victories, Zareen (50 kg), Nitu Ganghas (48 kg) and Mohammed Hussamudin (57 kg) secured India of three boxing medals. Olympic bronze medalist Borgohain, on the other hand, was defeated by previous edition silver medalist Rosie Eccles from Wales.
It was also a bull’s eye for Ashish Kumar (80kg), who went to England’s Aaron Bowen in a 4-1 split verdict.
With a small lead in the opening two rounds, 24-year-old Borgohain went down in the light middleweight quarterfinals via a 2-3 split decision.
Borgohain was deducted a point for holding in the second round, which appeared to have hurt the two-time World Cup medalist psychologically.
“Lovlina is disappointed with her hand movements in the third round. The biggest setback was the warning, which turned it around in Rosie’s favour,” national team coach Bhaskar Bhatt told PTI.
“It was an unexpected decision and we are not happy about this. We could have easily won the game, but that one warning cost us a lot of money,” he added.
Zareen, the reigning world champion, took a dominant 5-0 victory over Wales’ Helen Jones in the light flyweight quarter-finals.
Hussamuddin defeated Tryagain Morning Ndevelo of Namibia in a 4-1 tiebreaker to advance to the men’s 57kg semifinals and earn his second consecutive CWG medal.
The 28-year-old from Nizamabad had already won bronze in Gold Coast four years ago. Hussamuddin had to work hard for the win, as it was a hard-fought battle that could have gone either way.
Earlier in the day, Nitu kicked off proceedings when she showed her ferocity to demolish Northern Ireland’s Nicole Clyde in the women’s 48kg category and secure India their first boxing medal at the ongoing Games.
The 21-year-old from Dhanana in the Bhiwani district dominated the first two rounds against Clyde before the fight was abandoned, with the outcome only going one way.
Making her CWG debut, Nitu had big shoes to fill in the weight category of the great MC Mary Kom, who injured herself during the selection trials held before the mega event.
The Indian contingent had trained in Ireland before coming to Birmingham and that helped Nitu in the fight against Clyde.
“It was my first fight against her, but we trained together in Ireland two weeks ago and did the touch and everything.
“I knew what to expect. This is the only beginning, I still have a long way to go,” said an extremely confident Nitu after the quarter-final victory.
“I just listen to my coaches and try to execute that in the ring,” she said when asked about her long-term goals.
The Strandja Memorial gold medalist has no role models, nor does he like to watch videos of other boxers.
She competes in the weight class of the legendary Mary Kom, but Nitu insisted she was never under any pressure.
Nitu, who had started boxing in 2012, suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2019 that left her out of action for a long time.
She comes from a country where girls are not encouraged to play sports. However, one fine day her father enrolled her at a nearby academy and the rest followed.
Her father had to quit his job in Chandigarh to support Nitu’s dream. She settles for nothing less than gold, but hopes the medal in CWG will lead to a financially secure future.
“We live in a joint family. My father stays with me all the time so he can’t work. His older brothers bear all the costs because we live in a joint family. Hopefully this medal will make a huge difference,” Nit added to.
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