“It will be impossible to break six-time World champion Mary Kom’s record. But, I am determined to change the colour of the medal she won (bronze) in the Olympics,” mentioned newly-crowned World ladies’s boxing champion Nikhat Zareen.
In an unique interview with The Hindu earlier than leaving for the National camp on Sunday, forward of subsequent month’s Commonwealth Games, the 25-year-old Nikhat felt it was unimaginable to interrupt Mary Kom’s file. “I don’t think I can compete that long in the circuit,” she mentioned.
“I am glad I could win a World championship gold in Mary Kom’s category (52kg) and I hope continue her rich legacy in women’s boxing,” Nikhat added.
“Honestly, the feeling of being a World champion is done and dusted. Now, My immediate target is the Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold,” mentioned Nikhat, who minimize a cake on Sunday to have a good time Father’s Day as a gesture to remind the immense contribution of her dad Mohammed Jameel Ahmed.
“Every day is Father’s Day for me. Such is his influence, inspiration and motivation, which is backed by so many sacrifices.
“Entering the current CWG choice trials as a World champion was a unique feeling. There was the stress of expectation and I’m glad to have received all three bouts unanimously and e-book my spot,” Nikhat said.
“Now, there is a big change in my attitude and approach to the sport after winning the World title. I am more confident, have a lot of clarity on what lies ahead and how to handle different kinds of pressure. I now have a better idea of my strengths and weaknesses and work accordingly. People have started appreciating my achievements.”
Nikhat said, “I wish to give attention to the 50kg class as a result of it’s simpler to shed weight than acquire it by competing within the 54kg class. And, it is going to be my weight class for the Paris Olympics too. This approach, I can guarantee the specified energy and pace,” Nikhat said.
“Frankly, I by no means thought I’d be a World champion. I used to be chasing this dream after successful the junior World’s tie in 2011. It feels nice to be one now and it’s a results of lot of onerous work, ups and downs, and lots of sacrifices by my dad and mom and members of the family and coaches.
“After a long gap, I spent happy time with my family at home, had my favourite food Biryani and other spicy items before the serious business of training in the National camp begins on Monday,” Nikhat concluded.