Six-time world champion Mary Kom is likely to retire after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Manipuri trailblazer said on Thursday.
“Maybe after 2020, I want to retire. But, my main mission is to really win gold for the nation. From the beginning till now, I have been fighting. Maybe nobody can fight this long. There are so many youngsters who have come up and performed well. I hope, very soon we get another Mary Kom. That is what I wish and pray,” the 36-year-old mother of three told ANI.
The queen of the ring is the only woman with six gold and seven overall medals in the World Boxing Championship. This achievement has made Mary the most successful boxer in the 10-year history of the tournament. She even equalled male pugilist Felix Savon of Cuba, becoming an all-time best boxer with six gold and one silver medal in World Championship.
Ever since 51 kg category became an Olympic weight, Mary has been juggling between 51 kg and her favourite 48 kg. The Indian boxing icon, who has her world titles in 48 kg, also won 2012 Olympic bronze and 2019 India Open gold, both in 51 kg category.