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Star Indian boxer begins title-defence on winning note at World C’ships

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Six-time World Champion Mary Kom won the pre-quarter AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships tie in Ulan-Ude, Russia. The veteran boxer defeated Thai pugilist Jutamas Jitpong 5-0 to enter the 51kg quarterfinals.

In 2001 when Mary made her appearance at the first-ever Women’s World Championships, her opponent Jutamas was just three years old. Almost two decades later, the two fought in an intense match that tested the veteran boxers limits with the Thai proving to be a tough fighter. 

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The Match

Jitpong’s strategy was to take the fight to the Indian, and she did just that. Early in the first round, Mary was struck by a punch in the back of her head which seemed to shake her a bit. During the break she was told by her coach to remain calm, keep distance and counter-attack. In the rounds following the break, Mary did just that by scoring from a distance and waiting for the Thai to over commit. Jutamas started to lose energy as she was missing most of her shots. She eased out of her aggressive tactics and began hugging Mary to try and land a few body punches. The Indian pugilist’s experience came in handy as her shots were more crisp and landed at crucial times, which eventually got her the nod. 

Colombian Ingrit Valencia an Olympic bronze-medallist will be Mary Kom’s next opponent. The fight won’t be as easy, as the Colombian has already beaten Euro games bronze medallist Gabriela Dimitrova at the tournament. 

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Mary’s last gold medal was at the World Championships, Delhi in 2018. The 36-year-old veteran boxer has won an Asian Games gold, four gold medals at Asian Championships and one gold at Commonwealth games.

Also fighting on Tuesday, Indian boxer Saweety Boora bowed out of the tournament with a 1-3 defeat to Welsh boxer Laura Price in a split decision. 

Jamuna Boro will take on Algerian Ouidad Sfouh in pre-quarterfinals in the 54kg category on Wednesday.

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