Nikhat Zareen mentioned she will not accept something lower than a gold from the occasion.© Twitter
World champion Nikhat Zareen sailed into the ladies’s 50kg quarterfinals however it was curtains for Shiva Thapa as he crashed out of the boys’s 63.5kg spherical of 16 boxing competitors on the Commonwealth Video games right here on Sunday. Whereas Zareen knocked out Helena Ismael Bagao of Mozambique to storm into the final eight spherical of the ladies’s ightweight class successful by RSC (Refree stopping the competition), Thapa misplaced 1-4 to world championship bronze medallist Scotland’s Reese Lynch to make a disappointing exit from the Video games.
The primary Indian pugilist to take the ring on the day, Zareen was no match for her younger opponent as she dominated the bout from begin to end.
The Indian used her wealthy expertise to unsettle Bagao from the onset. She got here out attacking and used her mixtures of left and proper punches to overpower her opponent.
Zareen landed clear punches on her opponent’s face within the remaining spherical to utterly shock her, forcing the referee to name off the tie with 48 seconds remaining.
Zareen will subsequent face reigning Commonwealth Video games bronze medallist Troy Garton of New Zealand within the quarterfinals, the place a win will safe her podium end.
Zareen mentioned she will not accept something lower than a gold from the occasion.
“I’m feeling glad that I gained my first bout and I’m wanting ahead to performing effectively within the subsequent rounds. I’m only one combat away from a medal however I’m trying to win gold from right here,” she mentioned after her bout.
Thapa began on a vibrant observe, clearly outclassing his opponent within the opening spherical.
However overconfidence and lack of focus price Thapa dearly within the subsequent two rounds because the Scot used his peak and lengthy attain to land clear punches.
Going into the third and remaining spherical, Thapa was nonetheless within the contest however Lynch took his opponent unexpectedly together with his aggressive method as Thapa had no possibility however to defend.
Finally, the end result deservingly turned in favour of Lynch as he was the much better boxer within the contest.
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