Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Mary Kom named best boxer of World Championship

Mary Kom named best boxer of World Championship

Featherweight boxer Ornella Wahner on Saturday scored Germany's greatest-ever success in women's amateur boxing, defeating Sonia of India 4-1 at the Women's World Boxing Championships in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

The chants continued for India's flag-bearer in women's boxing as Mary Kom became the first boxer to win her sixth World Championships gold medal.

It is a tribute to the 35-year-old's ability to keep the fire in her belly raging for so long - through marriage, child-birth and a bitter rivalry with Pinky Rani Jangra. "First woman boxer to win 6 world championships".

Mary Kom won a silver in the inaugural edition in 2001 and then went on to win a gold each in the next five consecutive editions - 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Mary Kom defeated Hanna Okhota of Ukraine.

S.S. Rajamouli: Congratulations Mary Kom on winning the record sixth Gold in World Boxing Championships.

The hosts ended with a gold, a silver and two bronze medals from the 10th edition of the event. The first round clearly belonged to Mary Kom and all the judges gave points in her favour.

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A sportswoman beyond compare, Mary Kom received a deafening ovation from the jam-packed Indira Gandhi Stadium at New Delhi as she walked out for her historic contest. They came to see my play.

"I want to thank the fans who turned up today to cheer me and the Indian contingent".

Indeed, when you saw Mary enter the ring and win all her bouts in her ninth appearance in the AIBA Women's World Championships, you could sense a personification of what the venerated Muhammad Ali said: "Champions are not made in the gym".

The third round was dominated by Mary as she landed some telling blows on Okhota - a right-handed jab, left-hand combination which rattled the Ukrainian.

Having been away from the boxing ring for a long time, Mary returned to competitive boxing and the 48 kg category only a year ago.

"I have learnt a lot from this tournament and I will try to improve my strength". In the boxer's autobiography "Unbreakable", she was quoted, "For a large part of my career, I had no sponsors".

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