World champ Zareen, 2 others secure medals for India in Commonwealth Games

Reigning world champion Nikhat Zareen, Nitu Ghanghas and Mohammed Hussamuddin sealed at least a bronze medal apiece for India in the 2022 Commonwealth Games after winning their respective bouts in the first part of the quarterfinals in Birmingham, England.

The 26-year-old Zareen, the women’s flyweight (52kg) gold finisher in the 2022 IBA Women’s World Championships last May, had no problem moving down to light flyweight (50kg) as she unleashed her speed and on-point punching to easily dispatch Helen Jones of Wales, 5-0.

“I already took the medal but I am really looking forward to my next challenge against the local boxer. The most important is for me to enter the finals,” said the 2019 Asian Elite bronze medalist and the 2022 Strandja Memorial Tournament winner.

Former two-time youth world champion Ghanghas dictated the tempo right from the opening bell en route to forcing Northern Ireland’s Nicole Clyde to abandon their women’s minimumweight (48kg) tussle in the third round.

“I am happy to win this bout because I reached the medal stage at the Commonwealth Games. This was my first game and I was confident in this quarter-final. We will plan the best tactics in the next contest,” said the 21-year-old Ghanghas, who is also a defending Strandja titlist.

For his part, Hussamudin already matched his medal finish from the previous edition after putting on a clinical performance against Namibia’s Tryagain Morning Ndevelo to score a 4-1 victory in the men’s featherweight (57kg) division.

The other Asian countries competing in 22nd iteration of the quadrennial meet are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

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