23-05-19 Guwahati- Boxing Mary Kom vs Nikhat Zareen (7)
File image of M C Mary Kom (Blue) in action against Nikhat Zareen (Red) in the semi-final of Women Bantam 51kg during the Second India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati.

Six-time world champion Manipur’s Mary Kom on Saturday defeated boxer Nikhat Zareen  in the final round of 51 kg women’s boxing trials.

She will now be unanimously representing India at the Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers in Wuhan, China in February next year.

Mary proved her talent with a 9-1 split decision victory against Zareen.

Earlier, six time world champion Mary defeated Haryana based boxer Ritu Grewal in a trial bout on Friday.

Also read: Manipur: Mary Kom-Zareen ‘bout’ ends; trials on

Zareen defeated reigning national champion Jyoti Gulia in another trial bout on Friday.

After claiming unanimous victories in their respective trial bouts in New Delhi, the two boxers faced each other in 51 kg category final trial round at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium in New Delhi.

Also read: ‘Who is she?’ Mary Kom questions about Nikhat Zareen

It may be mentioned that Zareen for a long time was demanding a fair run being given to all the boxers so that they all stood a chance of playing at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has finally agreed to her requests following which the month long strained battle between Mary Kom and Nikhat Zareen came to an end.


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