Guwahati: Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) stormed into the Asian Boxing Championship finals after notching up grueling victory in the last four stage bouts, on Thursday.
Mary Kom prevailed 4-1 over Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg.
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 veteran”s right hooks were particularly impressive in a compelling performance. She fought with a perilously low guard despite the aggressive intent shown by her rival and relied on her sharp reflexes to score on counter-attacks.
“The guard wasn”t needed, I knew her quite well,” she quipped.
The 38-year-old will now be gunning for her sixth gold medal at the continental showpiece. She will be up against Kazakhstan”s Nazym Kyzaibay, a two-time world champion.
“I have faced Nazym earlier and have even defeated her in a couple of past tournaments. Let”s see what”s the challenge I get this time,” said Mary Kom.