Nikhat, Amit shine as six Indian boxers storm into finals of Strandja Boxing Tournament

Akash (71kg) and Naveen Kumar (92kg) lost their respective semifinal bouts and were forced to settle for bronze medals.

Nikhat, Amit shine as six Indian boxers storm into finals of Strandja Boxing Tournament

Two time world champion Nikhat Zareen and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Amit Panghal put up a dominating show to enter the finals along with the four other Indian boxers at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria .

The Indian started the bout cautiously, taking some time to get into the rhythm but did not lose hold of the game as she won the round 3-2.

Nikhat was clinical in the second round giving no room to her opponent to form an attack while delivering some accurate blows.


She continued her domination in the third round as she maintained the composure, giving her opponent no chance of a comeback to seal the match with a 5-0 verdict.

Nilkhat will square off against Uzbekistan’s Sabina Bobokulova in the gold medal.

It was an easy day at the office for Amit Panghal (51kg) as he won his 3rd consecutive match with a unanimous 5-0 decision.

Amit faced Turkey’s Gumus Samet and looked comfortable right from the start. Amit used his experience to attack when needed while smartly using his footwork to get away from the punches of the opponent.

The Indian did not break a sweat as he continued to build on the momentum from the first round to get a comfortable win to enter the finals.

On the other hand, Arundhati Choudhary (66kg) made light work of her opponent Jessica Triebeľová of Slovakia to secure a 5-0 win.

The Indian utilized her smart movement and aggressive approach to dominate the bout throughout as she won each round with a 5-0 score to advance into the finals with a unanimous decision win.


Barun Singh Shagolshem (48kg) continued India’s dominance with an identical 5-0 unanimous decision win over Khenoussi Kamel of Algeria.

Playing his first game of the competition after receiving bye in the quarterfinals Barun looked lethal and made full use of his technical ability combined with quick movements. Before the opponent figured out the counter attacking options, it was too late as Barun clinched the unanimous decision win

Sachin (57kg) was the last pugilist in action in the first session against Ukraine’s Abduraimov Aider and he didn’t disappoint.

The Indian took some time to set his feat in the match as the Ukrainian played the aggressor role.

Sachin lost the first round with a close 2-3 score.

The southpaw showed his class in the second round, as he made full use of his long reach and delivered multiple strong left hooks to the opponent.

The third round was no different as Sachin successfully resisted every attempt by Aider and pinned him against the ropes, throwing a fury of accurate punches in return to grab a comeback 4-1 win.

Rajat (67kg) also entered the finals after his opponent Guruli Lasha of Georgia gave him a walkover in the semis.

Later Deepak (75kg) and Abhimanyu Loura (80kg) bowed out of the tournament. Deepak lost 0-5 against Ummatalievu Javokhir of Uzbekistan and Abhimanyu Loura went down fighting against China’s Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan.