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Women’s WBC 2018: Relentless Mary Kom Becomes Most Successful World Championship Boxer

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The World no. 1 is assured of winning her record 7th medal in the marquee event. Lovlina Borgohain, Simranjit Kaur, Sonia Chahal too progress to the semi-finals.

India’s legendary boxer MC Mary Kom assured herself a record 7th medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championship after recording a comfortable 5-0 victory over Wu Yu of China. The 35-year-old, as a result, now becomes the most successful boxer in the event’s history.

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Mary Kom in action (Credits Twitter)

Mary Kom, who is a member of Rajya Sabha, had little issues in defeating her Chinese opponent in the light flyweight (48 kg) category quarterfinal contest as she barged her way into the semi finals and will thus be assured of winning at least a bronze.

On the other hand, joining her idol was the championship debutant Lovlina Borgohain too was guaranteed of a podium finish. The 21-year-old Assamese also had an easy contest against  Scott Kaye Frances of Australia which ended in a 5-0 verdict.

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Borgohain, who competes in the 69kg category, is witnessing a rocking year as she has now won medals at the Indian Open (gold), Ulaanbaatar Cup (silver) and Silesian Championships (bronze) in 2018.

Entering into the tournament, Mary had a remarkable five gold medals tally and a silver to her name, although her last gold came way back in 2010.

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Speaking after the match, Kom said, “It was a tough bout. Not very tough but not very easy also. There are a lot of good Chinese boxers who keep coming. I have faced a lot of them but this opponent, I have not faced earlier.”

The 2012 London Olympic bronze-medallist will next face North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in a nail-biting semi-final on Thursday. Nevertheless, the Indian pugilist will be confident about her winning chances, having already beaten the Korean in the Asian Championships in 2017.

In a contest that saw minimal action, Mary Kom was undoubtedly the dominant boxer of the two, as she recorded some clean punches. The World No. 1 kept Wu in check and resisted any clean shots from her. By the end, the five judges ruled in Kom’s favour as the scoreline read 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.

Before the tournament, Kom was tied with Ireland’s legendary boxer Katie Taylor in terms of medals won in the World Championships. She will now be assured of becoming the highest medal winner of the marquee tournament.

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Simranjit Kaur too barged into the semis after defeating Amy Broadhurst of Ireland in a 3-1 split decision. Joining her was Sonia Chahal, who also registered a quarterfinal victory over Columbia’s Yeni Castenada in a 4-1 split decision.

Disappointment for Manisha, Bhagyabati and Pinki Rani

It was a disappointing evening elsewhere, as two other Indians, rookie Manisha Maun (in the 54kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (in the 81kg), were defeated in their respective quarterfinal bouts to bid adieu to the tournament.

The former to the top-seeded Bulgarian star Stoyka Petrova by a descion of 4-1. Kachari, on the other hand, lost 2-3 to Columbia’s Jessica Sinisterra after giving away a first-round lead.

Another promising Indian, Pinki Rani bowed out of the tournament against North Korea’s Chol Mi Pang in a unanimous decision.

Off the ring, the marquee boxing was embroiled in controversy as Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova and coach Petar Lesov were officially suspended by AIBA after they staged protests alleging match-fixing in the 57kg category contest against Sonia Chahal.

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