Mary Kom Enters Quarter-Finals In Women's World Boxing Championship

BP World Bureau | Oct 08 2019 05:50:15 PM

Six-time World champion Mary Kom entered the quarter-finals of the Women's World Boxing Championships 2019 on Tuesday beating Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand.

The veteran defeated her opponent at 5-0 in the women’s fly 51 kg category. This has accounted for a total of six gold medals and a silver.

She is also the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing champion having a record six times, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven world championships.

Mary Kom was nominated for the Padma Vibhushan award, which is India's second-highest civilian honour after the Bharat Ratna.

The Olympic medal winner has received Padma Bhushan in 2013 and Padma Shri in 2006. If she wins then she will become the first woman to get the award.

Selected awardees' names will be announced on Jan 25, next year. Padma awards committee in the Ministry of Home Affairs will consider the names sent to them.

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Mary Kom has one Asian Games gold medal, four Asian Championships gold medals and one Commonwealth Games gold.

The third-seeded Indian picked up pace in the second round and was especially sharp with her counter-attacks in the championship.

Her opponent in the quarter-finals is still to be decided. Her last World Championships gold medal in New Delhi, 2018.

Mary stayed on track for her seventh world championship crown.

In the 75kg division, former silver-medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) may square off against second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price.

Mary Kom had proved her worth by winning gold at the 23rd President’s Cup, in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on Sunday. She defeated Australia’s April Franks for 5-0. She had won a gold medal at the India Open boxing tournament in May, but skipped the Asian Championships. She is looking forward to qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

India’s legendary boxer is also the brand ambassador of the global sports brand Puma. She had entered into a two-year deal with the German sports and lifestyle brand. Puma says Kom will endorse its women's training category.