Mary Kom rewrites history by winning World Boxing Championship

India's MC Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold in the World Championships on Saturday, the mother-of-three doing, without breaking a sweat, what no other woman boxer has done or known before. "Today I was a little bit emotional", said a teary Mary Kom, choking with overwhelming emotions.

I won my last World Championships gold in 2010 and then there is this change of weight category for Olympics.

Mary Kom is expected to compete in the 51kg in the next World Championships in Russian Federation in 2019 as well as the continental championships which India is bidding to host.

The iconic boxer has been described as the most successful boxer in the history of Women's World Boxing Championships. She won Gold in the 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 editions as well. I wasn't able to qualify for Rio Games.

India ended the championships with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze - from Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg).

"Thank you so much for your love and support". What I can give you is a gold for the country.

It would be futile to compare her with male boxers who have won multiple world crowns. Even Railways, where Pinki is employed, raised its voice in seeking a chance for her to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

She thanked the coaches who taught her throughout and the current Indian support staff.

"I won five gold on the trot". The Indian straightaway went into the ring and had her small prayer in the blue corner.

"In 51kg, the boxers are taller and stronger and I have to beat them". The wily Indian soon began to take control. That is the reason that long after Mary's fight on Saturday evening, a young girl was reluctant to leave the stadium without first getting her autograph.

The second round was the most closely contested one with Mary Kom going for more attack. Amidst the exchange of blows, Hanna displayed some gamesmanship and invited the Indian to land more shots. "I can easily get a gold in the 48 kg category, but 51 kg, it's hard because other boxers may have a height advantage", a teary-eyed Mary Kom said after her hard-fought encounter.

The third and decisive round began with the Manipuri pugilist delivering a right-handed jab, and following it up with a right-hand, left-hand combo that completely demoralised Okhota. The crowd went berserk and when the result was announced, the noise reached its crescendo, and Mary Kom bowed to acknowledge.

35-year-old Mary Kom has become the first ever boxer to win six AIBA Women's Boxing Championship titles.

Sonia's bout looked a one-sided affair in favour of the German, who came in with a flurry of punches towards the end of the opening round to dominate the proceedings. "I did my best but it was not enough". There have been quite a few sleepless nights in the lead up to her light flyweight final in the 10th AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships here. Hailing from Bhiwani district in Haryana, Sonia began her career in 2011 when she was 14 and rose through the ranks by competing at the school and sub-junior levels. This was her first worlds medal.

  • Stacy Allen