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India's Nitu Ganghas sent a warning notice to the rest of the field in the women's 48kg boxing on Wednesday, August 2 as she decimated her opponent Nicole Clyde of Ireland in the quarter-final. With the dominant win, Nitu, a 21-year-old, was assured of a medal in her Games debut.

Nitu Ganghas, who is touted to be the face of Indian boxing in the future, was quick on her feet and went for the punches aggressively as the quarter-final bout was stopped in the third round before it was abandoned. Nicole, a 19-year-old was reduced to tears as Nitu was celebrating her win.

Nitu has been in fine form in the ongoing season, having won Gold at 73rd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria earlier this year. She had reached the quarter-finals of the



world championships earlier this year.

Meanwhile, India's Mohammad Hussamuddin also reached the semi-final of the men's 57kg category to assure himself a second Commonwealth Games medal. Hussamuddin, a 28-year-old boxer had won bronze in the bantamweight category in Gold Coast 2018.

Hussamuuddin, unlike Nitu, had to work hard for his quarter-final win as he was pushed to the limits by Namibia's Tryagain Morning Ndevelo. Hussamuddin and Ndevelo traded blows throughout the 3 rounds and the judges eventually awarded the bout to the Indian via split decision (3-2).

Later on Wednesday, Lovlina Borgohain, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist, and Nikhat Zareern, the reining world champion, will be in action in the quarter-finals.
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