MC Mary Kom defeated Olympics bronze medallist Ingrit Valencia to secure her 8th medal at AIBA World Boxing Championships. She will surpass the record of Cuban heavyweight boxer Félix Savón, becoming the ‘most successful boxer’ in WC history as she already boasts of 6 gold medals and a silver.
“I am very happy to have secured a medal but I would be looking to make it better by reaching the finals,” the 36-year-old star said after the bout. “It was a good bout for me and I will now try to improve on this performance in the semifinals,” she added.
Awaiting her in the semifinals on Saturday, after a rest day on Friday, is second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. Cakiroglu defeated China’s Cai Zongju in her quarterfinal bout.
Besides six world titles, Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes. This year alone, she won gold medals at the India Open in Guwahati and President’s Cup in Indonesia.