On Tuesday, M C Mary Kom India’s pride sports women believing herself seventh medal in the Women’s Boxing World Championship this time and would become the biggest boxer in the history, while newcomer Lovlina Borgohain will also rise to the podium in New Delhi.
Mary Kom, mother of three children, defeated China 5-0 in the quarterfinals of the featherweight category (48 kg) to advance to the semifinals and be assured of winning at least one bronze medal.
Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg), Sonia Chahal (57 kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64 kg), who are part of the young Indian squad of the boxing team, also reached the semifinals to secure the medals in their debut at the World Championship.
Borgohain, 21, a bronze medalist in the Asian Championship last year, defeated Scott Kaye Frances of Australia in the quarterfinals unanimously, while Sonia, also 21, won the 4-1 decision against Columbia Columbia.
Simranjit, 23, had a tough fight against Amy Sara Broadhurst of Ireland, but eventually won the fight in the quarterfinals 3-1. In fact, the Punjab boxer lost the first and third rounds by winning the second. However, he won the following points: 27-29, 28-28, 29-27, 30-26, 29-27.
Eight Indians took the field on Tuesday, but four of them lost their fight.
Pinki Rani lost his quarter-final fight against 51kg against North Korea Pang Chol Mi in a unanimous decision, while Manisha Maun was defeated by the Bulgarian Stoyka Petrova, in a decision of 4-1 to 54 kg.
Kachari Bhagyabati (81 kg) lost 3-2 after a split decision against Jessica Sinisterra of Columbia. The Indian led in the first round, but the Colombian fought to improve in the next two games to win the game.
The last Indian to win the ring, Seema Poonia (+ 81 kg) was no match against his formidable Chinese opponent, Yang Xiaoli, defending champion and winner of 2014.
With fewer boxers competing in the weight category, Seema participated directly in the quarterfinals of her first bout of the tournament, but she lost unanimously.
With four medals insured, India’s performance should be the best of the recent period. The country’s best performance was its eight medals, including four gold, won in 2006.
India won four medals in 2008, two in 2010, one in 2012, two in 2014 and one in 2016.
Mary Kom participated in the competition with a remarkable number of five gold medals and one silver medal to her credit. She won for the last time a medal of world champion in 2010, a gold medal in the 48 kg category.
“It was a difficult fight, not very difficult, but not very easy, there are still many good Chinese boxers, I have faced many of them, but this opponent I have not faced before,” said after her fight.
“But once I had his game, I thought about what to do and I did not have any problems later,” she said.
The Olympic bronze medalist will face Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea in the semifinal on Thursday. The Indian had defeated her in the Asian Championship last year.
“Then, I trust to win but not too confident,” she said.
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In a fight that saw little action, Mary Kom was the best fighter with free throws. More importantly, the local favorite rarely allowed Wu to get a clean shot against her. The five judges voted in favor with the complex scoreboard that read as follows: 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.
Mary Kom was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor for the amount of medals won before this edition.
But with Tuesday’s victory, Manipuri became the tournament’s most successful boxer.