World champion Nikhat Zaren took to social media to submit a photograph of herself together with her ‘idol’ MC Mary Kom on Wednesday.
“No victory is full with out your idol’s blessings,” Nikhat tweeted.
No victory is full with out your idol’s blessings😇🙌🏻@MangteC #HappyMorning#HappyMe#HappyUs pic.twitter.com/uXJFcK9nMu
— Nikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) Could 25, 2022
Mary Kom had congratulated Nikhat after the 25-year-old received the World Ladies’s Boxing Championships in Istanbul.
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“Congratulations Nikhat for successful Gold medal. So happy with you in your historic performances and all one of the best on your future endeavors,” the eight-time World Championship medallist had written on Twitter.
There hasn’t been any feud that has garnered as many headlines as Mary Kom vs Nikhat Zareen combat did in Indian boxing’s latest historical past. In December of 2019, the six-time world champion Mary got here out on prime of a budding boxer demanding honest trial as she beat Nikhat 9-1 to say her spot within the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers.
Nevertheless, the extraordinary bout between the 2 feminine boxers was preceded by an out-of-the-ring disagreement duel. It began in August 2019 when the 36-year-old Mary was chosen with none trials within the 51-kg class to symbolize India on the girls’s world boxing championships.
When Mary Kom was requested about the entire fiasco the legendary boxer in an interview with a nationwide TV channel had stated, “Who’s Nikhat Zareen, I don’t know her.” Lastly, after months of drama, Nikhat Zareen was given an opportunity to combat Mary Kom for a spot within the Indian workforce for Tokyo Olympics. The much-anticipated showdown was a largely one-sided affair, with Kom defeating Zareen in a split-verdict trial.
Nikhat, 23, had a breakthrough 12 months successful medals at key tournaments together with, a bronze on the Asian Championships in April. In the meantime, Mary’ swap from 48kg to 51kg to have the ability to compete on the Tokyo Olympics received a bronze within the class on the 2019 World Championships in October in Russia. Nikhat hoped to problem Mary within the 51-kg trials and the previous champions’ possible choice for the event and not using a trial prompted her to protest.
The younger boxer’s ire additional intensified after an announcement by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) that solely gold and silver medalists had been to be exempted from the qualification. Nikhat then strongly demanded a good trial in opposition to the veteran to determine the destiny of who would symbolize India within the Olympic qualifiers. Nikhat additionally shot into the highlight as she penned a letter to Union Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijuju demanding ‘honest trails’. The minister was swift in his response as he assured her that the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) would take a good resolution.
When Nikhat alleged that the previous world champion was being ‘favoured’. In response, Mary didn’t mince her phrases and it ensued in war-of-words between the 2. She questioned Nikhat’s trial demand and talked about that she’s received eight World Championship medals, together with six gold. Citing her cause primarily based on BFI’s resolution to ship her because the consultant, she additional stated that “how can she cry like this?”. The veteran stated that Nikhat can’t foyer to get a spot within the Indian workforce and “this isn’t accomplished”.
Regardless of all of the build-up, the Nikhat Zareen vs MC Mary Kom bout turned out to be a one-sided affair. Right here the teenager’s inexperience was her undoing as Mary triumphed to take residence the title.
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