Nikhat Zareen was born on the 14th of June 1996. She is from India and is an amateur boxer. She won a gold medal for India at the 2022 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Zareen is the fifth Indian woman to win a gold medal at the IBA World Boxing Championships.
She won a gold medal at the 2011 AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior World Boxing Championships. It was held in Antalya.
She bagged a bronze medal at the 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament. This was held in Guwahati.
Zareen has worked as a general banking officer at the Bank of India since June 2021.
IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships – 2022
On the 19th of May 2022, Zareen won the gold medal in the 52 kg category at the Women’s World Championship. She defeated Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas. She defeated her in the fly-weight final in Istanbul, Turkey. Zareen is the fifth Indian women’s boxer to win a gold medal at the World Championships. She joined the club of Mary Kom, Laishram Sarita Devi, Lekha K. C., and Jenny R. L.
She was the second Indian boxer to win a World Championships Gold Medal abroad (outside India). This has been achieved by M.C. Mary Kom before. Mary Kom won four times out of her six Gold Medals.
Nikhat has been appointed the official ambassador of her hometown Nizamabad, Telangana.
She was given the title of ‘Best Boxer’ in the All India Inter-University Boxing Championship. This Championship took place in Jalandhar, India in February 2015.
She won the JFW award for Excellence in Sports in 2019.
2022 Commonwealth Games – Birmingham
World champion Nikhat Zareen defeated Helena Ismael Bagao of Mozambique on the 31st of July 2022. She stormed into the quarterfinals of the women’s 50 kg lightweight category. This is the current report from the Commonwealth Games.
Zareen was no match for her opponent, Helena. She dominated the bout from start to end. Nikhat used her rich experience to overthrow Bagao from the onset. She was in attacking mode. She used her combinations of left and right punches to overpower Helena.
Zareen landed clean punches on her opponent’s face in the final round to take her off guard. This forced the referee to call off the tie with 48 seconds remaining.
Zareen is set to next face reigning Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Troy Garton of New Zealand. She will be facing her in the quarterfinals. If she wins, she will secure a place for herself on the podium.