New Delhi, Nov 22: Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Thursday defeated Olympic bronze-medallist North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi 5-0 in the light flyweight (48kg) category to enter the final at the AIBA Women’s World Championships in New Delhi.
Women's Boxing World Championships: MC Mary Kom beats North Korea's Kim Hyang Mi in the semi-final to enter the final. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/xzXO9pVpDa
— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
Mary had previously clinched the gold medal on five occasions — 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 — besides bagging a silver on her debut in 2001.
Thursday’s semi-final bout got off with a rousing welcome for the seasoned Indian boxer, as Mary started with swift movements and successfully negated the height advantage of her rival.
While the North Korean came back aggressively in the second round, Mary was quick enough to reserve her punches before coming up with a right arm jab to tame her opponent.
In the third and final round, Kim tried using her height and long reach but Mary used all her experience to thwart any challenge.
The 35-year-old Manipuri pugilist, who is still tied with Katie Taylor of Ireland on five gold medals, has an opportunity to become the most successful woman boxer if she beats Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final.
“I will try my best in the final. I fought with this girl in Poland and I have beaten her. I will try my best inside the ring,” Mary said after her semi-final bout.