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Strandja Memorial Boxing: Nikhat Zareen beats Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Carigolu Busenaz | Other Sports News

New Delhi: India’s Nikhat Zareen and Nitu continue their attacking form to advance to the finals at the 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Friday. The 25-year-old Nikhat secured a tough fight yet a convincing 4-1 victory against Turkey’s Buse Naz Cakiroglu, while Nitu won a decisive victory against Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final.

In the women’s 52kg semi-final, 2019 edition champion Nikhat proudly stood against Olympic silver medalist Tokyo Cakiroglu as both boxers exchanged heavy blows and fought from close range.

However, Nikhat, a boxer from Telangana, retained his nervousness and entered the result of a 4-1 nail meeting in his favor with hard attacks.

In the women’s 48kg semi-finals, Nitu put in a good performance against the silver medalist of the 2018 World Championships Okhota. Having been guided early after the opening round, the world champion had two seasons from Haryana in power on the role and worked in time and precise punches throughout the second round that saw him put himself in the lead.

Eventually, India advanced to the finals after the Ukrainian boxer dropped the fight before the start of the third round.

Nitu and Nikhat will hold their gold medals on Sunday at Europe’s oldest football tournament.

Later, another Indian boxer Nandini will fight for a place in the final as he defeated Kazakhstan’s Lazzat Kungeibayva in the +81kg final-4.

On Thursday night, Arundhati Choudhary (70kg) and Praveen (63kg) bowed in the women’s quarter-finals. While Choudhary lost to Turkish Olympic boxer Busenaz Surmeneli 1-4, Parveen went down in a match against Russia’s Nataliya Sychugova 2-3.

The famous tournament witnessed the presence of more than 450 boxers from 36 countries around the world, including strong countries such as Kazakhstan, Italy, Russia and France.

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