India’s boxing star MC Mary Kom on Thursday reached the final of 48 kilogram light flyweight category of the AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship after thrashing North Korean Kim Hyang Mi 5:0. The five-time world champion ruthlessly routed the opponent through a unanimous decision in the semifinal bout at New Delhi’s KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.
The veteran displayed her swift movement and outplayed Kim, who has a bigger physical presence. She moved her feet quickly to project her punches on the aggressive opponent in the second round. In the third round, she averted the blows from the North Korean with dexterity.
The 35-year-old mother of three will meet Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final to become the most successful woman boxer.
Nicknamed “Magnificent Mary”, Mary Kom had previously clinched the gold medal on five occasions in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010. She had also won the silver medal in the first edition in 2001 in Pennsylvania.
With this victory, Mary Kom has just one match away from a historic sixth world championship gold medal. She is currently tied with Katie Taylor of Ireland on five gold.