Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) stormed into the Asian Boxing Championships final after notching up a grueling victory over Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg here on Thursday.
After recovering from Dengue, this is Mary Kom’s only second event since the lockdown. Though she was made to work hard to make it to the final the veteran boxer kept her calm and bounced back from a slow start.
“It has taken a lot to adjust to the humid weather here. Today, I was a bit slow in the first round but got my rhythm from the second round onwards. I had already fought her once so it didn’t take much to understand her gameplan,” Mary Kom told PTI.
The 38-year-old will now be gunning for her sixth gold medal at the continental showpiece, where she will be up against Kazakhstan’s two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay.