Indian boxers finish with four golds in IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship

27 March, 2023

India produced a stellar performance at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi, bagging a total of four gold medals in different categories. The country’s top boxers Nikhat Zareen, Lovlina Borgohain, Saweety Boora and Nitu Ghanghas took away the top prize in their respective finals as India matched their best ever outing in the tournament’s history – four golds in 2006.

India’s gold medal spree was led by Nitu, which began on Saturday. She is also a Commonwealth Games gold winner. Just an hour later, Saweety added another one to India’s tally, as both the Indian pugilists won their respective final bouts. 

India’s successful run was then carried forward by Nikhat Zareen a day later, after which Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina brought a capped off India’s outstanding campaign. All pugilists were rewarded with INR 82.7 lakhs ($100,000) each in prize money for becoming World Champions.

Nikhat Zareen produced a strong show against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam to win her second World Championship gold. Nikhat, who had earlier won the gold in 52kg category, featured in the 48-50 kg weight category in this edition. She secured an unanimous decision win against Thi Tam. 

Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina won India’s fourth and final gold at the competition. Lovlina produced a strong show in the 70-75kg finals, where she defeated Australia’s Caitlin Anne Parker with 5-2 split decision win after a review. This is Lovlina’s first gold at the competition after settling for bronze in 2018 and 2019 edition.

India staged the biggest boxing event, the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023, which on 15 March at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Sports Complex. This is a tournament multiple young boxers in the country have been looking forward to, especially after the recent success of Lovlina Borgohain in the Tokyo Olympics. Know more about the boxing world with Nextbet sports.  

Hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), this iconic tournament is taking place in India for the third time- the highest for any country in the history of the championship. The previous two editions took place in 2006 and 2018 in New Delhi as well. Once again, it turned out with the Indian boxers doing a spectacular job.