India’s ace boxer MC Mary Kom defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi by a unanimous decision to book a place in the final of the 48kg event in the ongoing Women’s World Boxing Championships. With this victory, the five-time world champion Mary Kom has assured of at least a silver in the coveted world’s event. This will be Mary Kom’s record seventh medal at the women’s world Boxing championship. The 35-year old boxer will now take on Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota for a place in history on Saturday in Delhi. Also Read - AIBA Threatens BFI With Suspension on Delay Over International Dues; Latter Promises to Clear Debts by May 20
Mary Kom is undoubtedly one of the most successful women pugilists in the event’s history. She entered the event with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her credit. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 – a 48kg category gold. Also Read - India Loses Hosting Rights of Men's World Boxing Championships After BFI Fails to Pay Host Fee
Before this World Championships, the Manipuri was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) on the number of medals won. Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit. Apart from Mary Kom, the other three Indian semifinalists are – Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), who will take the ring on Thursday while Sonia Chahal (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg) will have their semifinal bouts on Friday.
Earlier, Mary Kom had already become the most successful woman boxer in history of the championships by assuring herself of a seventh medal.
The ‘Magnificent Mary’ had also got the better of Kim in their last meeting at the summit clash of the Asian Championships last year. Before the semifinal, the Manipuri veteran was confident of a good show again. “I am confident. I also know when to drop guard and when to attack. I have worked with the coaches and have a plan in place to counter her,” said Mary Kom, after a strenuous practice session Wednesday.