Nitu Ghang defeated England’s Demie-Jade Resztan in the women’s 48kg division final, winning her first Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham 2022 by a unanimous 5-0 scoreline. This is India’s first boxing gold medal at CWG 2022.

Two-time world youth champion Nitu started the fight aggressively, landing an early punch to her opponent’s face with her left. Resztan tried to close the range but Nitu landed a few uppercuts in the clinch. The Indian slipped a bit but recovered to land a few punches towards the end, winning the first round 4-1.

Nitu’s dominant left hook came to the fore in round two, as Resztan also struggled to defend his fast combination punches. The boxing match turned into a wrestling match as Nitu and the English boxer fell to the ground in a clinch. The 21-year-old Indian also won the second round 5-0, leading 4-1 on aggregate.

Although Resztan put Nitu on the ropes in the third round, the Indian threw some counter punches too fast for the English boxer. Nitu’s range and speed were too much for Resztan, as she hit her opponent with multiple combinations, essentially securing the gold.

Earlier, Nitu kicked off her CWG campaign with a dominating win over Northern Ireland’s Nicole Clyde in the quarterfinals of the women’s 48kg class. The 21-year-old from Dhanana in Bhiwani district dominated the first two rounds against Clyde before the fight was abandoned with the opponent throwing in the towel. She then repeated the feat in her semi-final against Canada’s Priyanka Dhillon, with the referee stopping the contest in the third round of a fight that Nitu dominated throughout.

Making her CWG debut, Nitu had big shoes to fill in the weight class of MC Mary Kom, who suffered an injury during the pre-event selection trials. “It’s just the beginning, I still have a long way to go,” Nitu said extremely confident after her quarter-final victory. “I just listen to my coaches and try to execute that in the ring,” she said when asked about her long-term goals.

The Strandja Memorial gold medalist started boxing in 2012, suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2019 that sidelined her for a long time.

After starting the sport, Nitu’s father had to quit his job in Chandigarh to support his daughter’s dream. She hopes the CWG Medal will lead to a financially secure future. “We live in a joint family. My father stays with me all the time so he can’t work. His older brothers take care of all the expenses because we live in a joint family. I hope this medal will make a huge difference ,” Nitu added.