Indian boxer Nandini (+ 81kg) finished with a bronze medal at the 73rd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria after descending on former world champion Lazzat Kungeibayeva of Kazakhstan in the finals. Nandini lost 0-5 in a fight that took place on Friday night (February 25).
Former world champion Nikhat Zareen (52kg) and Nitu (48kg) are the only Indians who died in the fight after reaching the end of their weight categories. While Zareen defeated the Tokyo Olympics and world silver-medal champion Buse Naz Cakiroglu, Nitu beat her Ukrainian rival Hanna Okhota, who tossed a towel in the second round in the fights that took place last night.
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The two will fight their final fight on Sunday (February 27). Nitu will face Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro, a former junior bronze medalist. Zareen will square off against Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob, a three-time European Championships medallist, with a gold back in 2009. Zareen has won a gold medal in the Strandja Memorial’s 2019 edition.
India won two medals in the last edition with Deepak Kumar and Naveen Boora guarding silver and bronze respectively. The performance of the men’s squad was underwhelming this season with none of the seven in fray managed to enter the medal round.
In all, the tournament featured over 450 boxers from 36 countries, including traditional powerhouses such as Kazakhstan, Italy, Russia, France and Ukraine, where Russia launched a military operation on Thursday despite a global appeal for restraint.