New Delhi 2023

Four Indian athletes among the finalists at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships

March 24th, 2023 / New Delhi 2023

  • Four Indian athletes are among the boxers who have reached the finals weekend for the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi
  • China will also have four boxers going for gold, with athletes from a total of 13 countries represented in the finals
  • The finals will take place this weekend, 25-26 March, at the D. Jadhav Indoor Hall

Four of India’s top female athletes are among 24 finalists from a total of 13 countries who are now one bout from glory after booking their places in the gold-medal clashes at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi this weekend.

Nitu and Saweety overcame two top seeds in yesterday’s semi-finals – Kazakh minimumweight Alua Balkibekova and light heavyweight Emma-Sue Greentree, respectively – while light flyweight Nikhat Zareen beat Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia, and middleweight Lovlina Borgohain won against Li Qian of China.

Nitu will face Mongolia’s Altantsetseg Lutsaikhan in the minimumweight final on Saturday, with Saweety taking on light heavyweight rival Lina Wang of China in the final bout of the day.

Two other Chinese athletes will feature in Saturday’s finals – flyweight Yu Wu, who will go up against Italy’s Sirine Charaabi, and light welterweight Yang Chengyu, who will face Russia’s Nataliya Sychugova. Other finals on Saturday will see Italian featherweight Irma Testa clashing with Kazakhstan’s Karina Ibragimova, and Australia’s Kaye Scott taking on Russia’s Anastasiia Demurchian in the light middleweight division.

Home favourites Zareen and Borgohain will feature in Sunday’s finals against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam and Australia’s Caitlin Parker in the light flyweight and middleweight divisions, respectively.

Other finals on Sunday will include the bantamweight encounter between Huang Hsiao-wen of Chinese Taipei and Colombia’s Yeni Arias, an all-Latin American clash in the lightweight division between Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira and Colombia’s Angie Paola Valdés, and the welterweight gold medal bout between Algeria’s Imane Khelif and China’s Yang Liu.

Sunday’s finals – and the World Championships – will wrap up with the heavyweight contest between Kazakhstan’s Lazzat Kungeibayeva and Morocco’s Khadija Mardi.

The finals will be staged over the weekend after today’s inaugural IBA Women in Sport Conference.