- Kom created history by becoming the only boxer in the world to win 8 medals at the World Boxing Championships.
- Mary Kom stormed into the semi-finals of competition by defeating Colombian Ingrit Valencia 5-0.
- Kavita Chahal bowed out of the Championships with a 1-4 defeat to Belarusian Katsiaryna Kavaleva.
Mary Kom defeated Ingrit Valencia to storm into the semi-finals of the AIBA Women’s World Championships at Ulan-Ude, Russia. More importantly, she created history by becoming the only boxer to win a record 8 medals at the competition. The Indian pugilist won via a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the quarter-finals, which will assure her and India a medal at the World Championships.
Manju Rani, Jamuna Boro, Lovlina Borgohain and Kavita, will be fighting in the quarter-final rounds on Thursday.
Starting off slowly amid the cheers of Indian fans present at the quarter-final match in Ulan-Ude, Mary remained calm. The pugilist used experience to her benefit as she swayed away from challenges at the right time and got her punches across efficiently, putting pressure on her Columbian opponent. In a unanimous 5-0 verdict, the judges scored the game 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 which assured Mary of another medal.
Earlier, Mary had received a bye in the 1st round. She had defeated Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong in the quarter-finals to progress to the semi-finals on Saturday. Mary will be fighting second-seeded Turk boxer Busenaz Cakiroglu.
In 2019 alone Mary had won gold medals at the India Open in Guwahati and President’s Cup in Indonesia. Kom’s last World Championship gold medal came in New Delhi last year.
Apart from six gold World Championship gold medals, Mary has one bronze medal at the Olympics, four gold medals at the Asian Championships, one gold at Asian Games and won one gold at Commonwealth games.
By defeating Ingrit Valencia on Thursday, Mary Kom became the first-ever boxer to win 8 medals at the World Championships. She overtook Cuban boxer Felix Savon and secured her place at the top of the hall of fame. Is there anything Mary can’t achieve?
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Other Indian women boxers progress into quarterfinals
Lovlina Boroghain progressed to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Boxing Championships after she outclassed her Moroccan opponent Oumayma Bel Ahbib 5-0 in the 69-kg category. Borgohain was a bronze medallist at the previous World Championships.
Assamese boxer Jamuna Boro also progressed into the quarter-finals after out-punching her Algerian counterpart Ouidad Sfouh. Manju Rani will face a tough opponent and top seed Kim Hyang of North Korea in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, Kavita Chahal lost her opening fight to Belarusian Katsiaryna Kavaleva in a 1-4 decision.