Nikhat Zareen enters 50kg quarterfinals, Shiva Thapa out

World champion Nikhat Zareen reached the women’s 50kg quarter-finals at the Commonwealth Games here on Sunday but crashed out of the men’s 63.5kg round of 16 boxing event to Shiv Thapa.

While Zareen defeated Helena Ismail Bagao of Mozambique and won by the RSC (referee to stop the competition) to enter the last eight round of the women’s lightweight category, Thapa was defeated 1-4 by World Championships bronze medalist Reese Lynch of Scotland. suffered defeat. Games.

The first Indian boxer to enter the ring that day, Zareen was no match for her young rival as she dominated the bout from start to finish.

The Indian used his rich experience to trouble Bagao from the very beginning. She came out attacking and used a combination of left and right punches to dominate her opponent.

Zareen fired clean punches in the face of his opponent in the final round and completely jolted him, forcing the referee to annul the tie with 48 seconds remaining.

Zareen will next face Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Troy Garten of New Zealand in the quarterfinals, where a win will ensure her podium spot.

Zareen said that she will not settle for less than any gold from the event.

“I am happy that I won my first match and I am looking forward to do well in the next round. I am just one fight away from medal but I am looking forward to win gold from here.”

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Thapa made a brilliant start to outdo his opponent in the opening round.

But overconfidence and lack of focus cost Thapa the next two rounds as Scott used his height and long reach for clear punches.

Going into the third and final round, Thapa was still in the competition, but Lynch surprised his opponent with his aggressive approach as Thapa had no choice but to defend.

Ultimately, the result deservedly went in Lynch’s favor as he was the far better boxer in the competition.