Nikhat, who would be his first medal in the CWG, was aggressive from the start against Jones. She landed with her left kick early in the first round and was unaffected by her opponent’s flowing kicks, expertly dodging them while managing to land mostly for control of the NEC.
The Indian boxer was barely guarding her during the bout and cleverly mixed her punches, using left punches when Jones was closer while preferring a strong right punch when she was far away.
The world champion constantly found loopholes in Jones’ guard and the score was settled before the third round.
Besides Nikhat, two-time World Youth Champion Nitu Ghanghas and 2018 CWG bronze medalist Muhammad Husamuddin also earned medals in boxing at CWG 2022 where they also reached the semi-finals in their respective weight divisions, beating their opponents in the quarter-finals with mixed methods.
Neto reached the final four stage of the women’s minimum weight division (over 45-48kg) when her opponent Nicole Clyde of Northern Ireland gave up the bout while Hossam El Din beat Namibia’s Tryagain Morning Ndevelo 4-1 by a split decision in the men’s featherweight division.
Olympic medalist Lovlina Burgohen will play later tonight as she chases down her first CWG medal.
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