Nikhat storms into semis, assures India of medal


World champion Nikhat Zareen assured herself and India a medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games after she stormed into the semifinals of the women’s light flyweight boxing with an impressive 5-0 win over Wales’ Helen in the quarterfinals, here on Wednesday. Nikhat, for whom it will be the first medal at the CWG, was aggressive from the get-go against Jones. She landed a left jab early into the first round and was unfazed by her opponent’s flurry of punches, expertly dodging them while managing to land most of her own to dominate at the National Exhibition Centre. The Indian boxer barely had her guard up through the bout and smartly mixed up her punches, using the left jab when Jones was closer while going for her favoured powerful right punch when she was away.