MeraNews Network, New Delhi: Indian star pugilist Mary Kom on Thursday defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the semi-finals of the ongoing Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, inching closer to a record sixth gold of her career. She won the bout by a unanimous decision. Mary will face Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the finals of the 48 kg category.
The 35-year old boxer is currently tied with Ireland’s Katie Taylor with five gold medals in the world championships. Taylor turned pro in 2016. Kom has previously won the championship in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. If Kom wins the final in this edition, she will become the most successful female boxer in the 48 kg light flyweight category.
Kom and three other boxers have assured four medals for India after they made it to the semi-finals on Tuesday. India’s best performance so far in the competition had come in 2006, finishing with 8 medals (four gold, one silver, and three bronze) in the kitty. This is her chance to win a second gold at home.