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Saweety Boora won a gold medal by defeating China’s Lina Wang at the World Boxing Championship

Saweety Boora produced a superb show against her Chinese opponent and was declared winner by points as India won both the finals scheduled for the day.

Saweety Boora won a gold medal by defeating China's Lina Wang at the World Boxing Championships
(Photo: BFI)

Saweety Boora has emerged victorious in the Women’s World Boxing Championship 2023, beating China’s Lina Wang to clinch the gold medal in the 81 kg category. The Indian boxer started cautiously, but found her rhythm in the first round, charging at her opponent and landing a flurry of punches to win the round 3-2.

Saweety’s aggressive approach continued in the second round, as Wang struggled to keep up with her opponent’s swarming blows. Despite receiving a couple of warnings for lunging, Saweety appeared at ease and took the round comfortably.

In the final round, Wang tried to mount a comeback, but Saweety remained focused and won the match by a split decision of 4-3, securing the gold medal in the process. This victory marks Saweety’s sixth fight in the Women’s World Boxing Championship, and her third medal in the competition, having previously won gold and bronze in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Saweety Boora won a gold medal by defeating China's Lina Wang at the World Boxing Championships
World Boxing Championships Final 2023 Highlights: Saweety Boora defeated Wang Lina of China in final (BFI)

It’s worth noting that Saweety missed out on the gold medal almost a decade ago in 2014, but has since emerged as one of India’s top boxers, winning multiple medals at various international competitions. In the current tournament, Saweety defeated Emma-Sue Greentree of Australia in the semi-finals, and Viktoriya Kebikava in the quarter-finals, who is a former World Championship bronze medalist.

Meanwhile, Nitu Ghanghas has also made history by winning India’s first gold medal in the 48kg division of the IBA Women’s Boxing World Championship 2023. In the final, Nitu defeated Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg with a unanimous decision, triumphing 5-0.

Nitu started the match with an attacking strategy, controlling the opening round while keeping her opponent in check. Despite a few blows from Lutsaikhan, Nitu persisted with her combative approach, landing two decisive punches in the final thirty seconds of the match to secure the gold medal.

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Nitu’s journey to the final was also impressive, as she defeated Wada Madoka of Japan in the quarter-finals and Alua Belkibekova of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals. This was Nitu’s first World Championships final, and her victory marked a significant milestone for Indian boxing.

Overall, these wins are a testament to India’s growing presence in the world of boxing, as well as the country’s commitment to developing its sports infrastructure. With the Tokyo Olympics and the Commonwealth Games 2022 on the horizon, India will look to build on these victories and make the country proud in future international competitions. Saweety and Nitu’s achievements are a source of inspiration for aspiring boxers and athletes across India, and will undoubtedly spur the nation toward further success in the world of sports.

Written By

Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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