(SEPT 29) Albena
(Bulgaria), (IANS) Reigning Junior World Champion Nikhat Zareen
(54kg) continued her winning streak at the AIBA Women's Youth
World Boxing Championships as she powered through to the final
round of the championship.
Photo Credit: The Hindu
After her stupendous performance
Friday, the 17-year-old is now assured of a silver medal and
will stake a claim for her second world title.
Zareen, who won the gold medal in the flyweight division at the
inaugural edition of the AIBA Women's Junior World Boxing
Championship, has since moved into the Youth category and fights
in the bantamweight division.
She registered a comprehensive victory over Desire Galli from
Italy in the quarters to advance to the round of four. In the
semi-finals, the Andhra Pradesh boxer was up against another
Junior World Champion Viktoriya Virt of Ukraine -- Virt won the
gold medal at the 2011 Junior WC in the bantamweight category.
But on the semi-final day, the Ukrainian boxer was no match for
the nimble footed Indian. Zareen took the fight to Virt from the
very beginning of the bout, never allowing her enough space to
play her natural game.
She dominated the entire bout and made her place in the finals
with a victory on a unanimous decision.
"I adopted an aggressive approach from the very beginning and
was hoping for a little more resistance from my opponent. But
she became more defensive and took advantage of that. I hope to
carry the same form in the finals as well", said the teenage
boxer who will now fight for the title against Yunzi Yuan of
But there was disappointment for the other two Indians in the
semi-finals. In the Youth World Championship lightweight boxer
Simranjit Kaur (60kg) lost in a close contest against Aidana
Arapbayeva from Kazakhstan.
In the junior group, upcoming boxer from Madhya Pradesh, Asha
Roka (48kg), displayed good potential but in the end came up
short. Both boxers will have to be content with a bronze medal
at the championships.