- Mary Kom defeated Valencia of Colombia 5–0 in the quarterfinals
- She is participating in 51 kg weight category for the first time
Star woman boxer Mary Kom of India reached the semi-finals of the 51 kg weight category of the World Boxing Championship being played in Russia.
In the quarterfinal match on Thursday, she beat Ingrit Valencia of Colombia 5–0, who won bronze at the Rio Olympics. With this win, Mary Kom secured her career’s eighth medal at the World Championship.
Earlier in the pre-quarterfinal, she also beat Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand 5–0. Mary Kom is taking part in the 51 kg weight category for the first time. Earlier, she had won seven medals in the 48 kg category.
Mary Kom also became the first boxer in the history of World Championships to win 8 world meet medals. She was tied on 7 with Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon after winning the gold in the 48kg category in New Delhi last year.
Mary Kom is assured of at least a bronze medal in the ongoing Women’s World Championships. She took her time to gauge her opponent Ingrit Valencia in the opening few minutes of the 51kg quarter-final on Thursday.
Will face 2nd seed Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey on Saturday: Mary Kom will next face 2nd seed Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey on Saturday.
Mary used all her experience to sway away from challenges and land punches at the right time to put pressure on Valencia. Mary was adjudged winner on points after she got a scoreline of 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28.
Mary Kom medals in the World Championship