Five-time champion MC Mary Kom assured India and herself of at least a bronze at the ongoing World Boxing Championships by reaching the semifinals with a 5-0 victory over China’s Wu Yu in Delhi on Tuesday. This will be Mary Kom’s seventh worlds medal in the coveted event. 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 - MC Mary Kom to Bajrang Punia: India's Olympic-Bound Athletes Welcome Tokyo 2020 Postponement
The Manipur-born boxer was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor on the number of medals won before this edition. But with Tuesday’s win, the Manipuri became the most successful boxer in the marquee tournament. Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit. Also Read - Boxing: Manish Kaushik Qualifies For Tokyo 2020, India End Asian Qualifiers With Record Olympic-Berth Haul
On Sunday, the 35-year old punched her way into the 48kg quarterfinals when she registered a convincing 5-0 win over Aigerim Kessenayeva of Kazakhstan in her opening bout of the tournament. The ace Indian boxer was given a bye in the first round.
Besides Mary Kom, three other Indians — Manisha Moun (54kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Kachari Bhagyabati (81kg) — also made it to the quarterfinals with 5-0, 5-0 and 4-1 wins on points in their respective pre-quarterfinal bouts.
Mary Kom began with a watchful approach in the first round but she got to her rhythm with a left-right combination on her opponent in the second round. There were no many clear punches from both sides but the Manipuri, a mother of three, was clearly the better boxer with all the five judges giving their nod.
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