In Istanbul, the young female boxer Nikhat Zarin of India has reached the semi-finals of the ongoing Bosphorus Boxing Tournament. In the quarter-final, 24-year-old Nikhat beat two-time world champion Nazim Kajibe of Kazakhstan in the 51 kg weight class before beating 2019 world champion Paltseva Ekaterina of Russia in the pre-quarter final.
Nikhat defeated Kazakh rival Nazim 4-1 in the quarterfinals. Nazim won the gold medal at the 2014 and 2016 World Championships. With this victory, the Indian boxer has at least confirmed the bronze medal in the tournament. Zarine will compete against 2019 World Championship silver medalist Busenaz Chakiroglu, Turkey in the semifinal,
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Gaurav Solanki, gold medalist of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, has also reached the semifinals in addition to Nikhat. In the 57 kg weight class, Solanki beat Aikol Mizan from Turkey. Solanki won 4-1 based on technical superiority in this fight. Gaurav also at least confirmed the bronze medal like Nikhat. Gaurav takes on Argentina’s Nirco Cuello in the semi-final.
Nikhat Zarine, who represents six-time world champion and former Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom India in the women’s 51 kg weight category at the Olympics, may be in strong form right now. Mariko defeated Nikhat 9-1 in the stages for the Olympic qualifiers.
After this, he did well in qualifying matches and also reached the Olympic quota. At the Olympics, the Indian Boxing Association has a clear rule that only the boxer who gets the quota will have the chance to participate.
In the tournament, other Indian boxers lost Sonia Lather (57 kg), Praveen (60 kg), Jyoti (69 kg) and Shivar Thapa (63 kg) in the quarter-finals. In a tough match, Shiva Thapa was defeated by Hakan Dogan from Turkey.