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Lovlina, Nikhat seal world championships spot

The Women's Boxing Championships is scheduled to be held from May 6 to 21 in Istanbul. Lovlina defeated Arundhati Choudhary 7-0 in the light middleweight (70kg) category.

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New Delhi: Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain, 2019 Asian Championships bronze medalist Nikhat Zareen and 10 other pugilists sealed Women’s World Boxing Championship berth after winning their respective bouts in the selection trials held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here on Wednesday.

The Women’s Boxing Championships is scheduled to be held from May 6 to 21 in Istanbul. Lovlina defeated Arundhati Choudhary 7-0 in the light middleweight (70kg) category. Nikhat, who won gold medal at last month’s Strandja Memorial Tournament, where she defeated Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Busenaz Cakiroglu, outclassed Minakshi by unanimous margin in the flyweight (52kg) category.

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Asian Championships 2021 bronze medalist Jaismine stunned Tokyo Olympian and 2018 world championships bronze medalist Simranjeet Kaur 5-2 in a split verdict in the 60kg category to qualify for the World Championships as well as the Hangzhou Asian Games.

Winners in three weight categories – 57kg, 60kg and 75kg – in the trials qualified for both the World Championships as well as the Asian Games. In the 48kg category, two-time youth world champion and gold medalist in the recently concluded Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria, Nitu defeated Monika 6-1 in the trials.

Manisha Moun, who represented India in the 2018 World championships in Delhi, too registered twin celebration as she defeated the 2014 World Championship silver medalist Sonia Lather 6-1 in the featherweight (57kg) category to book her tickets for both the Asian Games as well the World Championships.

In the 75kg weight category, Saweety beat Kachari Bhagyabati of RSPB 5-2 to seal her place in the Indian team for both the world championships as well as the Asian Games.

In the 81kg light heavyweight category, Tokyo Olympics quarter-finalist Pooja Rani beat Nupur 6-1 to qualify for the World Championships. Ankushita Boro beat Anjali Tushar 7-0 in the welterweight (66kg) class, while Nandini defeated Sushma by identical margin in the heavyweight (81+kg) weight class to seal their places in the World Championships squad.

The trials for remaining two categories for the Asian Games- 51kgs and 69kgs will be held from March 11-14. Word Championships squad: Nitu (48kg), Anamika (50kg), Nikhat (52kg), Shiksha (54kg), Manisha (57kg), Jaismine (60kg), Parveen (63kg), Ankushita (66kg), Lovlina (70kg), Saweety (75kg), Pooja Rani (81kg), Nandini (+81kg). 

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