Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte marched into her seventh World Boxing Championships final after defeating North Korea’s Hyang Mi Kim 5-0 in the 48kg category via unanimous decision at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi. She will cross swords with Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final on Saturday.
Mary Kom’s years of experience came handy in the final round as she goaded Hanna to make mistakes and capitalized on it. In the next two rounds, Magnificient Mary’s wit prevailed again as she broke her opponent’s cadence and wrenched the tempo of the game in her favor.
Mary’s astute feet movement, coupled with left jabs and right blows left her opponent flabbergasted and no chance of recovery whatsoever. The judges were highly impressed with Mary’s performance and awarded the five-time World Champion a 5-0 win.
Later in the day, India’s Lovlina Borgohain lost to Nien-chin Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-0 in the 69kg category at the semi-finals. As a result, she had to settle for bronze in her maiden World Championships expedition.
Tomorrow, Simranjeet Kaur and Sonia will be in action in their semi-final bout against China’s Dan Dou and North Korea’s Son Hwa Jo respectively. Both of them have guaranteed themselves a bronze medal in the biennial extravaganza.