2022 CWG Gold Medalist Boxer Nitu Ghangas Dedicates Victory to Her Dad

Nitu Ghangas clinched gold at CWG 2022

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nitu Ghangas picked up India’s first boxing gold medal at CWG 2022.
  • She defeated her English opponent Demie-Jade Resztan in the final by unanimous decision in the women’s minimum weight final.
  • She is the second Indian woman to win a boxing gold medal at the Commonwealth Games after Mary Kom in 2018.

India’s boxing contingent put in stupendous performances at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and one of the names that shone brightest was that of Nitu Ghangas. Nitu has become the second Indian female boxer after the legendary Mary Kom to win gold at the Commonwealth Games. She dominated her English opponent Demie-Jade Resztan in all three rounds of the women’s final in the 45kg-48kg (minimum weight) category. She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nitu Ghangas has revealed what she and her trainer discussed just before the start of the final fight against the Englishwoman, and what strategy she applied. “Before entering the ring, I spoke to my trainer Bhaskar Chandra Bhatt, asking him what was the strategy for the match. He said that since my opponent was small, she would try to come towards me and attack more He told me to move to the side and attack him, that’s something I followed,” Nitu said in an interaction with India Today.

Nitu also mentioned how she was supported through thick and thin by her family, especially her father. “I received a lot of support from my family, especially my father, who did not take a salary for three years and accompanied me every day in my training. He never said that it was a girl so we won’t be supporting her, he’s been there throughout my training and diet,” she said.

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“He is very happy that I won the medal. He feels it is his medal and he came to fight here. He is so happy that he feels that he is wearing this medal himself,” added the gold medal boxer.

Exclusive interview with Nitu Ghangas after winning gold at the 2022 Boxing Commonwealth Games
Exclusive interview with Nitu Ghangas after winning gold at the 2022 Boxing Commonwealth Games

Finally, the young boxer dedicated her medal to her father. “Before, my training started at 4:30 p.m., which people weren’t used to in the village. People thought I was wasting time. My father supported me in those times when people didn’t believe in me. He used to stay outside in the heat while I was training indoors. He was taking care of a family without making any money, so it’s all on him,” concluded Nitu Ghangas.

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