Asian Boxing Championships: Mary Kom one step away from gold

Mary Kom is just one step away to win her fifth gold in Asian Boxing Championships. Image Source: BFI

Mary Kom is just one step away to win her fifth gold in Asian Boxing Championships. Image Source: BFI

Internet Desk: India’s star boxer and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom is just one win away to clinch her fifth gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships after she reached the final of the grand event on Tuesday.

Mary thumped Tsubasa Komura of Japan in a one sided match where she won 5-0 to confirm the summit clash. It will be her fifth final in six outings in the tournament.

If she can win the final, it would be her very first Asian gold medal in the 48kg category.

Mary Kom, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP as well as a former Olympic bronze-medallist, made her in ring appearance with 48kg after five long years. In last five years she competed in 51kg category, which was made an Olympic category since 2012.

Once again, it was a bout fought largely on defensive tactics. The Japanese boxer seemed too wary to go near the Indian, who had to quite literally lunge at Komura for her right hooks to connect.

Mary kom’s patience with Komura’s tactics ran out in the second round and she increased the pace and ferocity of her own attacks to unsettle the Japanese.

The shell guard to stave off Komura’s feeble right straights ensured that the Manipuri hardly took any blow in what turned out to be a lopsided contest.

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