Nikhat Zareen: Jaws of Steel! Punches from Girls Fail to Affect Her

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Nikhat Zareen, a world champion and bronze medallist at the Asian Games 2023, revealed that punches from female boxers no longer bother her due to her early training with boys during her childhood.

Nikhat Zareen will compete in the 50kg category. (Photo: BFI)

Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen has been making significant strides in the international boxing scene. In 2023, she achieved a remarkable feat of becoming a two-time world champion. Zareen secured the gold medal at the 2023 New Delhi IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, adding to her previous victory in Istanbul the year before.

Zareen’s path to success was not without obstacles. Competing in the highly competitive flyweight division, she faced fierce opposition. However, her unwavering determination and exceptional skills propelled her to surpass her rivals, making her the fifth Indian woman to claim a boxing world championship title. Her triumph at the world championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, held from April 30th to May 14th, 2023, showcased her relentless hard work and dedication.

Reflecting on her journey, Zareen revealed that punches from her fellow boxers no longer fazed her. She attributed her resilience to her upbringing, having practiced with boys since childhood. This experience helped her develop the ability to withstand punches, making those from female boxers less impactful.

Later in the year, Zareen represented India at the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China, where she competed in the women’s 50kg event. Despite a challenging semi-final bout, she displayed her prowess and secured a bronze medal for India. Additionally, Zareen made headlines by securing a quota for the Paris 2024 Olympics, becoming the first Indian boxer to confirm her participation.

When asked about her advice to aspiring young athletes, Zareen emphasized the importance of conquering the fear of failure. She encouraged individuals to pursue their passions fearlessly and explore their potential, as true excellence is achieved when one embraces the spirit of fearlessness in their chosen sport.

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