Nitu Ghanghas is an Indian boxer, who participates in the 48 kg women’s category. In 2022, she qualified for the Commonwealth Games (2022) after defeating the famous Indian boxer Mary Kom in a trial bout.
Nitu Ghanghas was born on Thursday, 19 October 2000 (age 21 years; as of 2022) in Dhanana Village, Bhiwani, Haryana. Her zodiac sign is Libra. She did Master of Physical Education at Chaudhary Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani, Haryana.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Weight (approx.): 48 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Jai Bhagwan, works as a bill messenger at the Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh. Her mother’s name is Mukesh Devi. She has a younger brother named Akshit Kumar.
Nitu Ghanghas with her parents
Nitu Ghanghas’ brother
Her grandfather’s name is Mangeram, and her grandmother’s name is Prem Devi.
Nitu was born in a Hindu Jaat family.
In 2012, she started her career as a boxer and participated in various regional boxing championships. She won her first gold medal at the AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships (2017) held in Guwahati. In 2018, she defeated Thailand’s boxer Nillada Meekoon and won a gold medal at the Asian Youth Boxing Championship. After an injury in her shoulder in 2019, she had to take rest for almost two years. In 2022, she participated in the 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament held in Sofia, Bulgaria. She won a gold medal in it by defeating the boxer from Italy Prisciandaro by 5-0. In an interview, Nitu talked about her comeback and winning a gold medal, she said,
I heard that the Strandja is one of the oldest boxing tournaments and I feel very proud to win the gold for my country. Now, I want to take step by step this year. We have the World Championships and I want to put my full focus on it and win the gold there. I want to sit with (coach) Bhaskar Bhatt sir and other coaches to work on my strengths and weaknesses. I want to prepare and give my best performance there.”
In 2022, she defeated the Indian boxer Mary Kom and qualified for the Commonwealth Games. Nitu Ghanghas’s stance is southpaw, and her coaches are Bhaskar Bhatt and Jagdish Singh.
Nitu Ghanghas with her coach Jagdish Singh
- Gold medal in AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships, Guwahati (2017)
Nitu Ghanghas with her medal
- Gold medal in Asian Youth boxing championship (2018)
- Gold medal in 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament, Sofia, Bulgaria (2022)
- In her teens, her father took her to the Bhiwani Boxing Club (BBC) in Haryana to start her training in boxing. He even risked his job to accompany her daughter for the training. In an interview, Nitu said,
My father was on ‘leave without pay’ for many days for my training. He had to borrow money from his friends and relatives to meet the family expenses.”
- At the age of 15, she lost control while riding a two-wheeler and rammed into a tractor. In the accident, she injured her pelvic bone. In an interview, while talking about the accident, she said,
I was in a lot of pain. At first, no one paid attention to it, but then there came a time when I couldn’t turn right.”
Nitu Ghanghas’s X-ray copy, showing her pelvic injury
- In 2016, she joined the boxing training academy SAI National Boxing Academy in Rohtak, Haryana.
- In 2019, instead of being a left-hander, she started using her right hand for hitting in boxing which put a strain on her right hand. As a result, her right shoulder had a grade 2 tear. During an interview, while talking about the shoulder injury, she said,
I fought four fights in tremendous pain. My right hand wasn’t used to that kind of load. In retrospect that was a stupid mistake on my part. I never stopped exercising and continued to take painkillers and fight. But if you’re a young, up-and-coming boxer eager to achieve something, you’re pushing the limit too far.”
Due to the injury, she remained out of the national camp. Her training was also affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020. In an interview, while talking about the same, she said,
Honestly, I was in a very dark place. I thought about quitting boxing. I could never think clearly. When my shoulder healed, I slowly started training at home. Later, my father would secretly take me to the academy during the lockdown.”
- In 2021, Nitu appeared in the Amazon Prime Video ‘India Ke Toofaan.’