Shiva Thapa was eliminated from the men’s 63.5 kg round of 16 boxing tournament at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, while world champion Nikhat Zareen breezed into the women’s 50 kg quarterfinals.
Zareen defeated Mozambican Helena Ismael Bagao by knockout to go to the women’s ightweight final, winning by Refree ending the fight, while Thapa suffered a heartbreaking loss to Scotland’s Reese Lynch, who won the bronze medal in the world championship.
Zareen, the first Indian fighter to enter the ring that day, had no chance against her inexperienced opponent as she completely controlled the fight.
The Indian immediately unnerved Bagao with the depth of her expertise. She attacked right away, using her left and right punch combos to overwhelm her foe.
In the final round, Zareen stunned her opponent with a series of clean blows to the face, causing the referee to declare the match over with 48 seconds left.
In the quarterfinals, Zareen will go up against New Zealand’s Troy Garton, the bronze medalist from the most recent Commonwealth Games, where a victory will guarantee her a spot on the podium.
Zareen declared that she would accept nothing less than a gold from the competition.
“I’m pleased with myself for winning the first fight, and I want to do well in the subsequent rounds. I am only one fight away from a medal, but I want to go for gold now “After her battle, she stated.
Thapa got things off well by easily defeating his opponent in the first round.
But in the following two rounds, the Scot used his height and long reach to strike precise punches, costing Thapa dearly for his arrogance and lack of concentration.