Olympic Medallist Lovlina Borgohain Seals Commonwealth Games Berths

News Desk:- Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain and reigning world champion Nikhat Zareen sealed their berths in the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games with dominating wins in the selection trials.

While Nikhat, the two-time Strandja Memorial gold medallist, blanked Haryana’s Minakshi via a 7-0 unanimous decision, Lovlina out-classed Railways Pooja by an identical margin. Nitu (48kg) and Jasmine (60kg) were the others boxers, who also sealed spots for the quadrennial event

Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom missed out on a chance to fight in what would have been her last CWG. The veteran boxer was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury midway into her bout on Friday.

The 39-year-old will thus be unable to defend her light flyweight title. The Manipuri had created history at Gold Coast in 2018 by becoming the first Indian women pugilist to win a gold medal at the event.

At the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Nikhat looked in control throughout her bout, landing clear punches as she danced around the ring dodging her opponent. The Telangana boxer looked at ease in her new weight category. She had won the world championship gold in the 52kg weight division last month.

“It was very difficult for me to get back into my competitive zone because since World Championships I hadn’t trained. I went home and then there were a lot of programmes,” Nikhat told reporters after the bout.

“I know the game that I have shown here at the trials is not even 50 per cent of what I showed at the World Championships but still I managed to beat all my opponents by unanimous decision,” she added.

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