Indian boxers Nikhat Zareen (52kg), Parveen (63kg) and Manisha (57kg) entered the second and third rounds of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Wednesday with impressive victories in their respective bouts. Zareen defeated Herrera Alvarez of Mexico 5-0, while Parveen defeated Maria Bova of Ukraine by the same margin. Manisha, who got a bye in the first round, also won by unanimous decision to make the third round against Nepal’s Kala Thapa. Zareen, who won a gold medal at the prestigious Strandja Memorial earlier this year, continued her winning streak and sent off Alvarez without breaking a sweat.
The 2019 Asian Championships bronze medalist was in complete control throughout the bout using her long reach. He attacked with some quick and precise punches in his opening bout.
The 25-year-old Telangana boxer will next take on 2021 Asian Championships bronze medalist Lutsaikhani Altantsetseg of Mongolia in the next round.
Parveen, 22, from Haryana, took a unanimous decision against the more experienced Ukrainian boxer, who is 12 years her senior, in the light welter division to set the tone for Indian boxers.
Though the 2017 youth national champion started off aggressively, she was knocked out by Bova in the opening round, which matched Parveen’s energy.
But after taking the lead in the second round, the Indian player showed great spirit. He attacked the 34-year-old Ukrainian, eventually unleashing a flurry of punches to seal the tie in his favor.
After an impressive start to her campaign, Parveen will take on former Youth Olympic champion Jazaira Gonzalez of USA in the pre-quarterfinals on Sunday.
Like Zareen and Parveen, Manisha also didn’t need to dig deep as she also secured an easy victory against Thapa.
The tournament featured 310 boxers from 73 countries around the world.
On Thursday, 2021 Asian Championships bronze medalists Jasmine (60kg), Anamika (50kg) and Shiksha (54kg) will start their campaign in the round of 32.
Jasmine will face two-time Youth Asian Champion Thailand’s Porntip Bupa in the 60kg category, while Anamika will face Romania’s Eugenia Angel.
In the opening round, bye Mili Shiksha will take on Herrera Milagros Rosario of Argentina in the 54kg match.
In the previous edition of the tournament held in Russia in 2019, Indian boxers bagged one silver and three bronze medals.
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