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Asian Games Boxing: Nikhat Zareen reaches quarters, Shiva Thapa knocked out

Nikhat Zareen won her bout to move to the quarter-final of Asian Games 2023 while Shiva Thapa and Sanjeet were knocked out.

Asian Games Boxing: Nikhat Zareen reaches quarters, Shiva Thapa knocked out

Nikhat Zareen after winning gold at CWG 2022 (Screengrab: Sony Liv)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 27 Sep 2023 2:45 PM GMT

Women's 50kg category boxer Nikhat Zareen, a two-time World Championships gold medallist, sailed into the quarterfinals after defeating Bak Chorong of Korea in the round of 16 of the Asian Games 2023.

Nikhat started the game by sizing up her opponent and used her long reach to release a series of punches. Bak was quick on her feet, and she tried to make things difficult, but Nikhat was in firm control of the bout.

Nikhat won the first two rounds without much trouble and ended the second round by landing some left crosses.

The Indian boxer played a defensive game in the final round and conserved her energy for the next round.

Earlier in the day, experienced boxers Shiva Thapa (63.5 kg) and Sanjeet (92 kg) crashed out in the first round.

A record six-time Asian Championship medallist, Shiva, who received a first-round bye, was beaten by Kultaev's relentless attacks and pace in a draining pre-quarterfinal bout.

The young boxer troubled Thapa with his onslaught and caught him off guard. With the height advantage, Kultaev forced Shiva to fight from a distance.

After losing the first round, Shiva was forced to defend in the second round as the Kyrgyz boxer kept throwing punches without connecting them. Shiva's defensive game cost him the second round.

The 21-year-old Kultaev played a defensive game in the final round and moved into the quarterfinals.

In the 92 kg category, Sanjeet was outplayed by the World Championships bronze medallist Lazizbek Mullojonov of Uzbekistan. Sanjeet had no answer to the clear punches from Lazizbek.

Sanjeet lost his balance twice and was given an eight-count penalty by the referee.

In women's boxing, Jaismine Lamboria will start her campaign while Deepak Bhoria and Nishant Dev will fight in their round of 16 matches.

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