5 time World Champion boxer M.C. Mary Kom stormed into the semi finals of the Women’s National Boxing Championship being held at the Tatya Tope Stadium in Bhopal. Mary Kom, representing Manipur, thrashed P. Nirosha from Andhra Pradesh. Mary was leading 17-0 when her quarter final bout was stopped by the referee in the middle of the 2nd Round, after her opponent had faced two standing counts in the beginning of the round. She will now face Dolly Singh of West Bengal in the semi finals.
Mary Kom looked in ominous form and was aggressive right from the start. She had her Andhra opponent on the back foot right from the 1st Round as she stunned Nirosha with a series of lightening quick combinations to race to an 11-0 lead. The Manipuri boxer showed her class throughout the bout and jumped to a quick first round lead and never looked back thereafter. Commenting on her match, Marykom said, “I am very pleased with the way my bout went today. I am focusing on just 1 match at a time but I am pleased so far with my rhythm and fitness. It’s important to respect every opponent but I am also very confident in my own form right now as I have prepared very well for this tournament both physically and mentally.”