Indian boxing champion Mary Kom beat Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kassenayeva in the pre-quarterfinal boxing round of 48kg category on Sunday, and entered the Women’s World Boxing Championship quarters.

Following an intense three round jab between Mary Kom and Aigerim Kassenayeva at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in Delhi on Sunday, the judges flagged Mary Kom as the winner of the match. The entire stadium was jam packed with audience gathered up to support and cheer the 35-year-old world-class boxing champion as she opened up the match against her Kazakh boxing contender. After an intense three-round session, she beat Aigerim with a 5-0 judge decision.

Currently, the Indian female boxing icon from Manipur and a mother of three holds a total of six medals – with a silver in the first edition of the championship and then winning five gold in successive tournaments from 2002 to 2010. And the latest win on Sunday helped her to make her way to the Women’s World Boxing Championship quarters and inched closer to the quest for her sixth international gold medal in the World Championships. Mary Kom was already the first boxer to have won five successive gold medals in the tournament, and is now gunning for the sixth title to move ahead of Ireland’s Katie Taylor – who holds the same record.

For the quarters, Kom will face Chinese national champion Wu Yu – who is known to be a very sharp and fast boxer, and Mary says that she “will have to plan accordingly and try to handle her” and move ahead in the tournament. Other Indian female boxers Manisha Maun, Lovlina Borgohain and Bhagyabati Kachari too made their way to the quarters, while L. Sarita Devi had to bow off from the game after she lost in pre-quarterfinal to Ireland’s Kellie Harrington.

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