Women’s World Boxing Championships: India Bangs 2 Gold Medals

Nitu Ghanghas and Saweety Boora carved their names strongly in the books of History by becoming the champions in the Women’s World Boxing Championship in their respective classifications on 25th,March, 2023.

22 years old Indian boxer Nitu defeated Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg ,a Mongolian player in the 48kg final with a consistent score of  5-0, while Saweety overthrew China’s Wang Lina in 81 Kg with a scattered score of 4-3. Nitu and Saweety became the sixth and seventh boxing champions to win the gold in the world’s championship. 

India now has a total of 12 gold medals in the women’s boxing championships, with most of the medals banged by Mary Kom.

After rewarding the world champions, Nitu Ghanghas navigated towards Bhaskar Bhatt (India’s National coach) and shed tears in his arms. Saweety Boora pumped her fist at the camera celebrating her victory and asked for an Indian flag and she waved it.

This victory of both strong women seemed almost identical to the 2006 sports drive, when M C Mary Kom led the team to the greatest women’s boxing moment and that team also won three silver medals during the Women’s boxing championship.

Nitu, from a small village in Bhiwani, has come to light as the new champion in the category of 48kg where Mary Kom won six world championship medals.

After the medal ceremony, Nitu conveyed that this medal means so much to her and she had worked really hard for it. She has been practicing boxing since 2012 and she also said that she was supported by her whole family throughout the  journey which means a lot to her. Nitu’s entire village seemed supportive from the start of her career. Since the time she went to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham ,the entire village was praying for her career and many of them had also come to the stadium to watch the play.

She was trained at the Boxing Club in Bhiwani, the same center where Beijing Olympics bronze medal winner Vijender Singh was trained, who was there in the stadium to watch the game. Nitu’s  father, Jai Bhagwan had borrowed loans and sold his car to fund his daughter’s boxing career. Nitu said that it is going to be easier for her to train further as her family’s financial problems are now taken care of and she can focus completely on the training.

Saweety, the other gold medal winner of the boxing championship is from Haryana, had a long career in the Boxing sport .This is her second World Championship medal, she has won silver in the year 2014 in the 75-kg category, she has played for few years in the 75-kg category, but she was not able to win many medals. She shifted back to the 81-kg class and won her second medal.The add-on motivation for her was that she was never considered for Olympic groups in the Indian structures. The light heavyweight class of Saweety is not a part of the Paris Olympics which will be held in 2024, but her family hopes that she will qualify in the 75-kg category with the help of this gold. Saweety happily conveyed that she is really thrilled after fulfilling her dream of becoming the world champion.

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