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Nitu, Saweety Create History in World Boxing

Nitu and Saweety

PM Modi congratulates Nitu, Saweety on winning World Championship

Saweety Boora made it two out of two for the hosts as she warded off a challenge from China’s Wang Lina while Nitu Ghangas put up a stupendous performance to claim the title in the minimum weight category

New Delhi: Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) and the seasoned Saweety Boora (81kg) etched their names in Indian boxing history as they were crowned world champions after notching contrasting wins at the marquee tournament here on Saturday.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nitu put up a stupendous performance to see off Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altansetseg 5-0 and claim the title in the minimum weight category in front of a packed crowd, with Beijing Olympics bronze medallist and Nitu’s idol Vijender Singh also present.

Saweety made it two out of two for the hosts as she warded off a challenge from two-time medallist China’s Wang Lina.

The Haryana boxer looked to attack as soon as the match started but couldn’t connect any of her punches as Wang used her sharp reflexes to dodge. But then Saweety connected a strong straight jab to the delight of the crowd. She continued to attack to edge out her opponent 3-2 in the first two rounds.

It was an ugly bout as both boxers were clinching and trying to throw each other on the canvas.

In the third, Saweety mixed attack with defence. She ducked, dodged and sidestepped, avoiding Wang’s punches to take the round 4-1.

PM Modi congratulates Nitu, Saweety on winning World Championship ..

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on S ..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Nitu Ghanghas and Saweety Boora for their gold medal-winning performance in the Women’s Boxing World Championships here.

Taking the ring first, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nitu put up a stupendous performance to see off Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altansetseg 5-0 and claim the title in the minimum weight category (48kg) in front of a packed crowd.

“Congratulations to @NituGhanghas333 on winning the prestigious Gold Medal in the Women’s Boxing World Championships. India is elated by her remarkable feat,” Modi tweeted.

The other Indian boxer in action on the day, Saweety became the light heavyweight (81kg) world champion with a 4-3 win over China’s Wang Lina.

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