Asian Boxing Championships: Mary Kom assured a medal for India

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Mary kom assures a medal for India in the Asian Badminton Championships. File Pic

Internet Desk: Star Indian boxer M C Mary Kom today confirmed her sixth medal at the Asian Boxing Championships as she reached the semifinals of the event at the Ho Chi Minh City today.

The Manipuri boxer beat Meng-Chieh Pin of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals to seal her place in the semifinal of the (48kg) light flyweight category.

Earlier Mary had won four gold and a silver in her last five appearances and now she is set to face  Tsubasa Komura of Japan in the semis.

In a rather cautiously-fought bout, neither the Indian, nor her opponent was willing to launch too many attacks.

The punches were few and far between at least in the opening three minutes. However, the two boxers upped the intensity in the second round.

The Taipei boxer, also the taller of the two pugilists, was the first to move away from the waiting game and began using her left straights and right hooks rather effectively.

However, Mary Kom too raised her game against the nimble-footed Pin, who displayed impressive defensive tactics.

The Manipuri went all out in the last round and more than made up for a patchy display in the opening round to get the judges’ nod.

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