Mary Kom powers into semifinals of World Boxing Championships; assures herself record breaking 8th medal

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With a 5-0 unanimous victory over Ingrit Valencia, MC Mary Kom reached the semi-finals of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in the 51kg flyweight category. In her quest for the seventh World Championships title, Mary became the only boxer, to win eight medals at the prestigious tournament. While another Indian pugilist, Manju Rani, beat Kim Hyang Mi to enter the 48kg semi-finals assuring India of a medal.

“I am very happy to have secured a medal but I would be looking to make it better by reaching the finals,” said Mary Kom after the bout.

“It was a good bout for me and I will now try to improve on this performance in the semi-finals,” she added.

Following this victory, Mary Kom will now take on the second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu in her semi-final bout on Saturday.

Cakiroglu the reigning champion of the European Championships and European Games defeated Cai Zongju of China in her quarterfinal bout, moments after Mary ‘s impressive victory in Ulan-Ude on Thursday.

The Manipuri on the other hand, arrived in this tournament with six golds and a silver medal in her kitty but this is the first time she secured a world medal in the 51kg category. Previously Mary had finished in the quarterfinals in this division and this latest achievement adds another feather to the Indian boxing legend’s cap.