bronze in women’s hockey; Amit, Nitu, Nithak Clinch Boxing Gold; Gold and silver in the men’s triple jump

Boxing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Gold Rush: Boxers Nikhat Zareen, Amit Panghal and Nitu claim first CWG gold medals

The indomitable Nikhat Zareen added a Commonwealth Games Light Flyweight (50kg) title to her bulging trophy cabinet, while Amit Panghal (51kg) began his journey of redemption with a much needed gold winning show here on Sunday. Nikhat, on the road to success since last year’s Nationals, maintained her dominance over Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul as she clawed her way to an all-out 5-0 win in her first CWG appearance.

Panghal, on the other hand, avenged his 2018 Commonwealth Games final defeat by Kiaran MacDonald by clinching the title in a comprehensive 5-0 win over the favourites. Indian boxers managed three out of three gold medals that day as young Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) also got the upper hand in her CWG debut. Sagar Ahlawat will fight his last fight tonight.

The Indian pugilists return from Birmingham with seven medals, down two from the previous edition. Nikhat started the year by winning gold at the prestigious Strandja Memorial tournament before becoming world champion. The Telangana boxer, who dropped from 120lbs to 110lbs for the CWG, slid around the ring, landing hooks and tight jabs at will. Her defense was equally impressive.

Their dominance was such that at the end of the nine minutes there was no doubt which way the decision would go. After losing to a Brit at the same stage in Gold Coast four years ago, Panghal, 26, was at his aggressive best against MacDonald as he won the yellow metal with a 5-0 judgment.

The dominant Panghal, who was lightning fast with his jabs, also left MacDonald with a cut above his right eye that required a few stitches and a stoppage of play as the Indian played a song. MacDonald used his height advantage and tried to bounce back in the third round, but the Asian Games champion had it easy.

The turning point for Panghal, however, came in the semi-final win over Zambia’s Tokyo Olympian Patrick Chinyemba as the Indian bounced back and won the fight. “It was the toughest lap and the turning point. I lost the first lap and gave it my all to get the win and there was no turning back,” Panghal told PTI.

When asked about his strategy against his British opponent, he said: “He was taller than me and I had to be more aggressive and go into his arms. It worked. My coaches did a great job because we figured out how to win , and I did it.” it in the ring.” “I did enough to win the first two rounds and I held it in the last. I thought he probably won the last lap, but I was already too far up there. He was a great opponent.” said Panghal. “That avenged my defeat in Australia in the final. I knew it was going to be very tough because I was fighting an Englishman in England, but the judges were very fair and very accurate,” said Panghal.

With the gold, Panghal also put behind his disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympics, where he reached the round of 16. Nitu, on the other hand, beat 2019 World Cup bronze medalist Demie-Jade Resztan of England by a unanimous 5-0 verdict. The first Indian boxer to take the ring, Nitu, who competed in her first CWG, appeared totally in control throughout the nine minutes, giving the home boxer no chance.

The atmosphere was intimidating for the 21-year-old as she faced the home favorite, but she captured them with her unwavering gaze. In a southpaw match, the Indian, who was taller than her opponent, showed fluid and clever moves while stepping back on her rival’s attacks.

The long-range shots were her advantage, Nitu made the most of them to land her jabs perfectly in her opponent’s face, while also winning unanimously 5-0 to win the women’s minimum weight gold (45kg). “I’m so happy I can hardly breathe,” Nitu told reporters.

The daughter of one of Haryana Vidhan Sabha’s employees, Nitu, who hails from India’s ‘mini-Cuba’ in boxing Bhiwani, continued, ‘My parents were my inspiration and my gold medal is for them.’ Legendary MC Mary Kom had at the games Won the coveted Yellow Metal in the same category in 2018. Incidentally, in the selection process against Nitu, Mary Kom injured her knee and had to resign.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.