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IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship: 12 Member Team Announced for India

LockerRoom Team
02 March 2023

In order to break previous records at the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships in 2023, the Indian team formed by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) would be led by bronze medalist from the Tokyo Olympics Lovlina Borgohain and current world champion Nikhat Zareen.

The Championships will take place at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi from March 15 to March 26.

Lovlina Borgohain (75 kg), a bronze medalist for 2020 Tokyo, will box alongside seven other Olympic medalists for the forthcoming Championships. To date, she has won two bronze medals at World Championships.

In contrast, Nikhat Zareen will defend her championship in the 50 kg division. At the Istanbul, Turkey-hosted 2022 IBA Women's World Boxing Championships, she won the title of world champion.

Nitu Ghanghas, a gold medalist from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, will also compete for her country in the 48kg division. The two-time Young World Champion will attempt to add one more significant medal to her collection.

Manisha Moun, who made her mark on the world arena in the 2018 World Championships in Delhi, will compete for her nation in the fiercely competitive 57kg featherweight division. The 2022 World Championships saw Manisha take home the bronze medal.

Jaismine Lamboria, who won bronze at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, has advanced to the 60 kg boxing quarterfinals.

Preeti and Sanamacha Chanu, two young boxers competing in the 54kg and 70kg divisions, will represent India. While Sanamcha recently gained the title of National Champion in her division and is the 2021 Youth World Champion, Preeti took home a bronze medal from the 2022 Asian Championships.

The 81kg weight division will include competition from the current Asian and national champion Saweety Boora. The seasoned competitor, who took home a silver medal at the 2014 World Championships in South Korea, is eager to keep up her strong form and increase her medal haul.

Sakshi Chaudhary (52 kg), Shashi Chopra (63 kg), and Manju Bamboria (66 kg), the gold medalist from the 2019 South Asian Games, would be ready to show their mettle in their respective weight classes at the World Championships.

India's medal aspirations in the 81kg+ heavyweight division will be carried by Nupur Sheoran, the current National Champion.

The prize money for the competition will total INR 20 crore, of which INR 10 crore would go to gold medal winners. Boxers who take home silver or bronze will receive their awards from respective reward pools of INR 5 crores and the runners-up in their respective divisions.

The Women's World Boxing Championships are being hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for the third time, which is the most by any nation since the tournament's establishment. To date, 350+ boxers, including the 12 Indians, from 74 countries have registered for this biannual event.

Team India for 2023 Women’s Boxing World Championship

  • Nitu Ghanghas (48kg)
  • Nikhat Zareen (50kg)
  • Sakshi Chaudhary (52kg)
  • Preeti (54kg)
  • Manisha Moun (57kg)
  • Jaismine Lamboria (60kg)
  • Shashi Chopra (63kg)
  • Manju Bamboria (66kg)
  • Sanamcha Chanu (70kg)
  • Lovlina Borgohain (75kg)
  • Saweety Boora (81kg)
  • Nupur Sheoran (81+kg)

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