She has now also become jointly the most successful boxer in women's and men's category as now she is tied with men's six-time world champion Felix Savon (Cuba).
Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom came into the all-important bout, which coincided with her 36th birthday, optimistic of adding to her five world championships titles, and, without an iota of doubt, she walked the talk against Okhota in front of a packed KD Jhadav Stadium. Terming the boxer's achievement as a proud moment for Indian sports, Modi said the diligence with which she had pursued sports and excelled at the world stage was extremely inspiring. She has shown her extraordinary energy and skills to the world.
There was a child-like joy at the opportunity to compete in the 48kg class again this week. To back back to this weight category and win gold was just great, " said Mary Kom after her win. In 2012, she lost in the quarter-finals to Britain's Nicola Adams in Qinhuangdao, China. She first won a senior level medal in 2016. "They have been supporting me for last many years", Mary thanked the home crowd after winning the final bout. It was not even included in Olympics. She goes on and on winning one championship after another.
She had already earned the nickname of Magnificent Mary.
Adnan Sami: Heartiest congratulations to Mary Kom for and becoming the first female boxer to win six World Championships.
The third round was more or less about the Ukrainian's desperate tactics to find ways to land her straight punches on Mary Kom's face. She is the only boxer from that edition who is still active. In the boxer's autobiography "Unbreakable", she was quoted, "For a large part of my career, I had no sponsors". Hanna is 13 years younger than Mary Kom.
Now, whether that happens or not, one thing is for sure. I don't have anything to give except for a gold medal to the country. She would be 37 in 2020, but it is hard to imagine her put her gloves away without giving that goal one more shot. And she continues to do that in her own way. At present, she is also a member of the Rajya Sabha.