Hyderabad: The much-awaited clash between London Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom and her challenger Nikhat Zareen in the ongoing boxing league Big Bout on Tuesday turned out to be a no-show as the six-time World Champion who represent \u00a0Punjab Panthers withdrew from the clash citing back injury, TT reports.\n\n\n\nWith Telangana-native Nikhat Zareen alleging partiality towards \u2018Magnificent Mary\u2019 by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) officials considering their earlier decision to scrap trials for the Olympic Qualifiers in 51 kg category, their clash on Tuesday, ahead of December 27th selection trials, assumed great importance. The hype was palpable. However, it turned out to be a non-starter.\n\n\n\nA Bump on the road\n\n\n\nNikhat has been in super form in the Big Bout recording four victories so far for the North East Rhinos. She also defeated Ingrid Lorena (Colombia), the Olympic bronze medalist in the North East Rhino\u2019s previous match. Earlier, she had also defeated another Bengaluru Brawlers contender in her category, Pinki Jangra.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDespite participating in all her matches before this crucial bout, Mary Kom\u2019s withdrawal on Tuesday raised a few eyebrows. The Nikhat faction alleged that Kom wasn\u2019t ready for the challenge. They felt that if Nikhat emerged victoriously, it would further the clamor for Nikhat\u2019s Olympic push, thereby giving a boost to the Nizamabad fighter.\n\n\n\nMeanwhile, Mohammed Jameel Ahmed, Nikhat\u2019s father, expressed his disappointment with Mary Kom backing out. \u201cNikhat has been in good form. She won all her four bouts thus far and was eagerly anticipating this one. After defeating Olympic bronze medalist and former national champion Pinki Jangar. But this [Mary pulling out] is unfortunate. Now, she will face a reserve player from the Punjab team. We have to wait till December 27 for their match-up,\u201d he quipped.\n\n\n\nDuring the downtime \n\n\n\nIn the meantime, the Nizamabad-boxer demanded the live telecast of the Olympic selection trials. Nikhat mentioned, \u201cBFI wanted me to play in the BFL league so I couldn\u2019t participate in the nationals. That is why I\u2019m currently the fourth choice boxer for the trails in 51 Kg. BFI told me to partake in that league.\u201d\n\n\n\nJyoti Gulia and Ritu Grewal secured three places for trials after winning gold and silver respectively. Mary Kom had a guaranteed spot after she won bronze at the women\u2019s World Championships. \n\n\n\nThe contest for the fourth spot will be between Nikhar and Pinki Rani. BFI stated that the selection committee will convene on December 21 to decide the fourth participant for all weight categories.