Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Mary Kom rewrites history by winning World Boxing Championship

Sonia secured a silver to end India's campaign at World Championships on a high Sonia secured a silver to end India's campaign at World Championships on a high
Sergio Cook | 27 November, 2018, 07:45

Mary Kom shook the record books with an unprecedented sixth title at Women's World Boxing Championships.

Legendary India pugilist Mary Kom will look to add a fresh feather into her already illustrious cap when she take on Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in the final of the 48 kg category at the Women's World Boxing Championships on Saturday. The tiny Kom community, to which Mary Kom belongs, is one of six ethnic sub-tribe groups under the conglomerate of the Komrem Union.

NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul said: "NRIs will do everything for India".

It would be futile to compare her with male boxers who have won multiple world crowns. The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur couldn't hold back her tears when she thanked the home crowd for huge support."I want to thank the fans who turned up today to cheer me and the Indian contingent". In the boxer's autobiography "Unbreakable", she was quoted, "For a large part of my career, I had no sponsors". Okhota countered with left but was not enough to stop the five-time world champion.

Kom, who was the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

There was little Mary Kom could do to stop her tears.

In electrifying atmosphere, Mary Kom's stature touched a new high when she claimed her sixth title in the World women's boxing championships at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex here on Saturday. "Only what I can achieve (for) you - that is the gold medal for our country". She thanked the coaches who taught her throughout and the current Indian support staff.

The third round was dominated by Mary as she landed some telling blows on Okhota - a right-handed jab, left-hand combination which rattled the Ukrainian.

Mary Kom wrote, "I have fulfilled my duty". The AIBA panel which chose the Indian as the best among the competitors was a richly deserved honour to the 35-year-old Manipuri, whose endurance, perseverance and the never-say-die attitude is unparallel in history.

In the first round, Sonia seemed anxious. "Now, I am smarter and try to find out the game of my opponent and then think out mine in the ring itself". This was her 6th gold medal at the Women's World Championships.

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