Mary Kom defeats North Korea’s Kim Hyang-Mi to book final spot

Women's World Boxing C'ship Mary enters final inch closer to her record sixth gold

Women`s Boxing World Championships: Mary Kom beats North Korea`s Kim Hyang Mi to reach 48kg category final

Europe will get 14 medals while the Americas and Oceania will pocket four and one medal respectively.

But a lot depends on the celebrated Mary Kom, having already become the most successful boxer in history by assuring herself of a seventh medal, to give the kind of start like she did on Tuesday for the young India brigade to follow suit.

Mary will aim to etch her name into the record books as will look to bag a record sixth World gold in front of her home crowd.

The "Magnificent Mary" had already beaten Kim in their last meeting at the summit clash of the Asian Championships previous year and the Manipuri veteran sounded confident of a win again. She could not touch me in that bout. After a dominant round, Mary was happy to wait for her opponent to take the attack to her.

"The country and the fans want a gold and I am also trying a gold". "My next match is against a Taipei girl and she is shorter than me, so I trained accordingly today", said the lanky Lovlina.

The Manipuri veteran, who had beaten Kim in her last meeting in the Asian Championships, said that all bouts in the world championships are tough, but what weighs things in favour is experience.

Before this World Championship, the Manipuri was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) in the number of medals won. "Every boxer learns something, whether we win or lose we analyse about our weaknesses and strengths, about defence and attacking".

"I had defeated her in final of last Asian Championship in Vietnam, so I was a little alert". In a tremendously clever display, Mary Kom continued her quick movement in the ring and landed several crucial punches at her opponent to clinch a crucial victory.

The other three - Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Sonia (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg) - all debutants also guaranteed themselves at least a bronze medal in the 2018 edition of the world event. Felix Savon of Cuba won from 1986 to 1999 in the 91kg category and Mary Kom has the chance to level that. Sonia faces North Korea's Jo Son Hwa while Simranjit had China's Dan Dou as her opponent. "But both of us know about each other's style, but I am confident of winning because I have worked with the coaches on strategies". "But I am prepared for it", said Mary. "I did watch some of the video clips to know her style of boxing", said 21-year-old.

On November 22, a bout in five weight categories (48 kg, 54 kg, 60 kg, 69 kg, 81 kg) will take place while the remaining five are slated for November 23.

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