World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom, three others secure medals

Vastavam web: The celebrated M C Mary Kom Tuesday assured herself a seventh medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championship by advancing to the semifinal here, making her the most successful pugilist in the event’s history. The 35-year-old mother-of-three defeated China’s Wu Yu 5-0 in the light flyweight (48kg) category quarterfinals to enter the last-four stage and be assured of at least a bronze. Mary Kom 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.

“But once I got her game I thought out what to do and I had not much of a problem after that,” she added. The Olympic bronze-medallist next faces North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the semi-final on Thursday. The Indian had beaten her in the Asian Championships last year. “So, I am confident of winning but not overconfident,” she added.

In a bout which saw little action, Mary Kom was the better boxer with clean punches. More importantly, the local favourite rarely allowed Wu to get a clean shot at her. The five judges ruled in her favour with the elaborate scoreline reading 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27. Mary Kom was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor on the number of medals won before this edition.