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Who is Nikhat Zareen?

Nikhat Zareen (born 14 June 1996) is an Indian boxer. She won gold at the Women’s Boxing World Championships in Turkey.

Nikhat Zareen scripts history clinches gold at Women’s World Boxing Championships

Nikhat Zareen scripts history clinches gold at Women's World Boxing Championships
Nikhat Zareen scripts history clinches gold at Women’s World Boxing Championships

Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen lived up to the expectations as she clinched the coveted gold in flyweight (52kg) division with a facile 5-0 victory over Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas in the Women’s World Championship final in Istanbul on Thursday.

Capping off a stupendous campaign that saw her dominate all her rivals, the Telangana boxer out-punched her Thai opponent to win via unanimous verdict with judges scoring the bout 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in her favour.

With this win, Zareen, a 2019 Asian Championship bronze medallist, became only the fifth Indian boxer to be crowned world champion.

Six-time champion Mary Kom (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018) Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL (2006) and Lekha KC (2006) are the other pugilists who have won the world title.

Nikhat Zareen Biography, Wiki

Nikhat Zareen hails from Nizamabad, a city in Telangana some 200 km away from Hyderabad. It was Nikhat’s uncle, Shamshamuddin who introduced her to the world of boxing. Shamshamuddin is a boxing coach. He used to train his sons and Nikhat’s cousin in boxing.

Looking at them, Nikhat started developing an interest in boxing. Impressed with her enthusiasm her uncle started coaching her as well. She was 13 then.

However, her mother Praveen Sultana was against her daughter’s wish of taking up boxing.

“Coming from a Muslim family there were apprehensions then. But my father being a sportsman had encouraged me to take up boxing although my mother was a bit worried then.

My mother was very serious that I quit boxing. She was so scared as I was sparring with boys then,” she once revealed in an interview. Nonetheless, Nikhat found the strength to take up and prevail in boxing in her father Jameel Ahmed who was highly supportive.

In the initial years, managing studies and boxing tournaments slightly tricky for Nikhat. However, she was lucky to have found a lot of support from her friends. Her classmates would help her with the study notes. Once she cleared her board exams and Nikhat started focussing completely on her boxing career.

Nikhat Zareen Biography Wikipedia
Nikhat Zareen
Real NameNikhath Zareena
NicknameNikhath
ProfessionIndian Boxer
Date of Birth14/06/1996
Age (as in 2021)25 years old
Zodiac SignVirgo
Birth PlaceNizamabad
FamilyFather: Md. Jameel Ahmed
Mother: Parveen Sultana
Sister: Anjum Meenaz
Nikhat Zareen Wiki, Age, Family, Husband, Height, Biography, Family & More (5)
NationalityIndian
ReligionMuslim
CastN/A
Home TownTelangana

Nikhat Zareen Career

In 2010, she claimed her first title in the Tournament held in Erode. Zareen bagged her gold medal in the AIBA Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championship 2011 Held in Turkey. In 2014, she won gold in the Nations Cup International Boxing Tournament in Serbia.

In the same year, She brought home the silver medal of the Youth World Boxing Championship 2014, Bulgaria. She was awarded the Special Recognition in sports Award by JFW.

In 2015, the Nizamabad Pugilist claimed the title at the 16th Senior Woman National Boxing Championship held in Assam. She won the ‘Best Boxer’ award in the All India Inter-University Boxing Championship held in Jalandhar.

She won the gold medal in her battle against Ritu. Zareen faces a shoulder injury during the event and went into surgery and rehabilitation.

She was her comeback in 2019, winning gold at the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament, Bulgaria and a silver medal in the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament held in Bangkok. She claimed the gold at the 2019 Junior National and was awarded the ‘Best Boxer’ of the tournament.

After a year’s gap due to Pandemic Zareen won a bronze medal in the Istanbul International event 2021. She is currently working as a Junior Manager in the Bank of India.

Nikhat Zareen and Mary Kom Controversy

Having impressed at the nationals, Nikhat’s eyes were all set on the trials for the World Championships, which are going to be held in August 2019. She travelled all the way from Hyderabad to New Delhi for the big event. However, on her arrival, Nikhat was left disappointed after she learnt that the BFI had directly chosen Mary Kom for her consistent performances. Nikhat was left distraught.

However, things reached a new low after the same was repeated again when Mary Kom was handed a direct entry to the 2020 Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Wuhan. Direct entry to Olympic Qualifiers only happens after a boxer wins a gold or silver medal at the World Championships.

However, Mary Kom had only a bronze to show for at the Worlds. Nikhat was not going to suffer silently this time, even if it meant fighting it out against her idol.

The 23-year-old wrote a letter to the Sports Minister demanding a trial against the 6-time world champion. “All I want is a fair chance. If I’m not given the opportunity to compete what am I training for. Sports is about fair play & I don’t want to lose faith in my country,” she wrote in her letter. Nikhat was rewarded with a trial by the BFI.

The bout that took place on 28th December was a high-tension affair, with an experienced veteran of the game on one side and an energetic youngster out to prove herself on the other side of the ring.

Unfortunately, the bout ended in an anti-climax for Nikhat with the judges ruling 9-1 in Mary’s favour. The embers of the audience, as well as Nikhat’s camp, cried foul at the decision. Mary pulled her head away when Nikhat tried to hug her after the bout. She even lashed out against the youngster later in media interactions.

However, Nikhat was a composed figure, respectfully applauding Mary after the bout even as her father yelled against the decision.

It seemed like Mary might have taken the events before the trial personally. However, it wasn’t the case for Nikhat. “I was fighting against the system, not Mary Kom. We should know where we are lacking and for that, I stood up and raised my voice. I lost the bout but I won hearts on that day and I am happy,” she said of the entire saga.

Well, you certainly won our hearts by saying that, Nikhat!

Some Interesting Facts About Nikhat Zareen

  • Nikhat considers Boxer Mohammed Ali as her role model. She is a big fan of his daughter Laila Ali.
  • She won the best boxer award in 2010 and 2019
  • Zareen was appointed as the official ambassador of her hometown, Nizamabad.
  • In 2019, she was awarded the JFW award for Excellence in sports 2019.

Nikhat Zareen FAQ’s

Who is Nikhat Zareen?

Nikhat Zareen (born 14 June 1996) is an Indian boxer. She won gold at the Women’s Boxing World Championships in Turkey.

How old is Nikhat Zareen?

Nikhat Zareen is currently 25 years old.

What is Nikhat Zareen’s religion?

Nikhat Zareen is Muslim.

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