Hyderabad: Telangana boxer Nikhat Zareen on 19 March surprised two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan to enter the women's 51-kg semi-finals at the Bosphorus Boxing Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nikhat Zareen, an Asian championship bronze medallist, continued her spectacular form on Friday. Earlier, she had defeated 2019 world champion Paltceva Ekaterina of Russia in the pre-quarter-final with a 5-0 win.

On Friday she won over Nazym Kyzaibay, who won a gold in the 2014 and 2016 world championships, and ensured at least a bronze medal with a place in the last four.

Meanwhile, other women boxers - Jyoti (69 kg), Parveen (60 kg), and Sonia Lather (57 kg) - lost in their respective quarterfinals. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gaurav Solanki (57 kg) also reached the semi-final after a tough fight against Aykol Mizan of Turkey. The Indian secured a 4-1 win.

The fourth day of the tournament on Friday will see two Indian boxers fighting in their respective semi-final bouts. Zareen will face another tough challenge as she takes on the 2019 world championships silver medallist Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey while Solanki will be up against Argentina's Nirco Cuello.

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