PANAJI: Indian boxers Nikhat Zareen (51kg) and Gaurav Solanki (57kg) settled for bronze medals after going down in semi-finals at the Bosphorus Boxing Tournament in Turkey on Friday, according to a BFI press release. India thus ended their campaign with two bronze medals.
Asian Championship bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen, who defeated world champion Paltceva Ekaterina of Russia in pre-quarterfinals and two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan in quarter-finals in her last two bouts was up against 2019 World Championship silver medallist Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey in the semi-final.
The opening round had both the boxers playing the waiting game but the subsequent rounds saw both the boxers attack a lot in an intense bout but the home favourite landed more punches and secured a unanimous 5-0 win.
Meanwhile, CWG gold medallist Gaurav Solanki, who notched up impressive wins in the previous rounds, was facing Argentina’s Nirco Cuello. Gaurav fought hard and displayed his attacking prowess from the start but conceded clear punches in the dying minutes to lose 5-0 and bow out of the tournament.