India’s iconic female boxing champion and five-time World Boxing Championship winner Mary Kom beat her semi-final contender Kim Hyang Mi from North Korea and has entered the final for the championship, and will now Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota for the gold.
History backs Mary Kom at the World Boxing Championship final on Saturday now. She has punched through some of the toughest boxing tournaments and managed to bring back gold medals, as many as five times in the world championship. Adding more to it, the 5-0 decision in her favour for the Women’s World Boxing Championship 48kg semi-finale against North Korean Kim Hyang Mi on Thursday. Although Mary Kom is still one step away from winning the championship, she has already become the most successful woman pugilist in the history of the international boxing tournament.
For the final run, she will face Ukrainian boxing champion Hanna Okhota, whom Mary has faced earlier this year in Poland, and beaten her too. Although the way to crown is thorny, all this is child’s play for the Indian female boxing icon and she is up on her way to chase another history on Saturday. And if Mary Kom manages to win the gold medal at the World Boxing Championship on Saturday, not only will it be her sixth gold medal, but the record will also put her shoulder-to-shoulder with Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon in the history of World Championships.
While Mary had a very successful day, India’s 21-year-old impetuous young boxing champion Lovlina Borgohain bowed off in the 69-kg semi-finale round against Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen. However, two more Indian boxers have semi-finals of the tournament scheduled on Friday as Sonia Chahal will take on Hwa Son Jo of North Korea in 57kg and Simranjit Kaur will square off against Dan Dou from China in 64kg today.