Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom on Saturday became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships as she beat Hanna Okhota to win her record sixth gold medal.

Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom on Saturday became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships as she beat Hanna Okhota to win her record sixth gold medal.

Mary Kom defeated the Ukrainian in a unanimous 5-0 result in the 48kg in Women’s World Boxing Championship final in New Delhi. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 — a 48kg category gold.

The 35-year-old Mary Kom now has an incredible six gold and one silver in the tournament.

Eight years later, the situation was a bit different as the 35-year old started as the favourite when she faced Hannah Okhota – a boxer who was thirteen years younger than her – in the final of the AIBA Women’s World Championship. In front of a packed house at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, the veteran was on the verge of creating history and it was her grit and experience that ensured a sixth gold medal for her as she defeated her opponent by unanimous decision on Saturday.

Thanks to this win, she became the most successful boxer in the history of the tournament as she surpassed Katie Taylor’s tally of five gold medals and at present, she is tied with men’s six-time world champion Felix Savon of Cuba. With the 2020 Olympics less than two years away, this was a huge win for the 35-year old but she sounded concerned about moving to the 51kg category for the event. While she mainly fights in the 48kg category, that is not a part of the Asian Games or the Olympics and as a result, she was forced to fight in different categories for most of the major events.

“First of all, I would like to thank, all my friends. They came to see the final. They came especially for me, to cheer for me, and all of us in the contingent,” she said. “Thank you for your love and support. I don’t have anything to give you, except for a gold medal for the country. I still hope to win the gold medal for India in Tokyo 2020,” she said.

The Manipuri boxer, now a mother of three, won a silver in the inaugural edition in 2001, and then went on to win a medal in the next five consecutive editions – 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 (silver) and 2010.

Mary Kom secured the second gold medal in front of the home crowd in a stacked stadium. It is the seventh medal in his world championship, before that he had won five gold and one silver. After winning the contest Mary Kom became very emotional and due to her happiness her tears were not there.
He dedicated this medal to the country. London Olympics bronze medalist Mary Kom definitely got the advantage of immense experience. Playing in accordance with the coach’s strategy, he defeated 13-year-old Hana with his 5-goal in the light flyweight final, which is the bronze medal winner of the Young European Championship.
Mary Kom recently won the silver medal in the semi-finals of the Silesian boxing championship in Poland, defeating the Ukrainian boxer in September. Manipur’s boxer got 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 points with five judges, due to his accurate and powerful marks.

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