Mary Kom in World Boxing Championship finals is representing India. She is a five time world champion who beat North Korean Kim Hyang Mi in 48 Kg category.
Mary Kom is a five time world Amateur Boxing champion and only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. The 35 year old Mary beat her counterpart in semifinals with a score of 5-0 unanimously.
The finals will be on 24th November 2018. Mary Kom will fight against Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota. The 22 year from Komsomolsk defeated Madoka Wada of Japan 5-0 in the Semi-finals to enter finals. Earlier this year in a tournament in Poland Mary had defeated Hanna.
On reaching semifinals on 20th November, Mary Kom became the most successful woman boxer in the boxing history. If Mary wins a gold, she will match Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful boxer in the world championship.
North Korea’s Kim Hyand started off rapidly in the 1st round with a lot of punches against Mary Kom. Kim was defeated by Mary in the Asian Championship last year in Ho Chi Minh City.
Mary Kom found the fight harder but managed to get a hold from the 2nd round and rebounded in her unique way. It was a tough battle but Mary made it.
She has won a lot of awards and medals for her contribution to the world of Boxing.
Mary Kom’s awards and Recognition:
- The International Boxing Association (AIBA) awarded Mary Kom with the first AIBA Legends awards for “promising boxing career.
- The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced Mary Kom as the brand ambassador for 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
- Padma Bhushan (Sports), 2013
- Arjun Award (Boxing), 2003
- Padma Shri (Sports), 2006
- Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
- People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
- CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries Real Heroes Award.
- Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
- ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009
- International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30 July 2009 Thur)
- Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award.
Mary Kom is also the first amateur athlete to win the Padma Bhushan.