New Delhi: Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom claimed the gold medal without breaking a sweat in the 23rd President’s Cup, asserting her supremacy in a lopsided 51 kg bout final in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on Sunday. The Olympic bronze medallist boxer decimated Australian April Franks 5-0.
The 36-year-old Indian had also won a gold medal at the India Open boxing tournament in May but skipped the Asian Championships as part of a larger plan to enhance her chances of Olympic qualification.
The Asian Championship was held in Thailand in May.
Fresh from winning the gold at the India Open two months ago, Mary Kom participated in this prestigious tournament with the aim of testing herself and getting some much-needed bouts under the belt ahead of the World Championships.
Mary Kom, who claimed her sixth world title last year in Delhi, will be looking to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Besides being an active and top-level boxer, she is a sitting Rajya Sabha MP.
“After 2020 I want to retire. So, my main mission is to get a gold for India. I really really want to win (gold),” Mary Kom had said on the sidelines of an event organised by Colgate.
Mary Kom won the bronze medal in the flyweight category at the 2012 London Olympics. She now aims to change the shade of her medal to gold. “I always try my best to give a medal to the country and if possible, a gold. I will be starting my preparation for the Olympic qualifiers and the World Championship. I want to win a gold medal this time,” she had earlier mentioned.
After failing to qualify for the Rio Games, Mary Kom had changed her weight category to 48 kg in December 2016 but now the pugilist from Manipur is back to competing in the 51 kg. Asked about the transition, Mary Kom said: “51 kg category is not new for me. I was fighting in this category 4-5 years ago. It was not continuous because I kept changing my weight.”
The 2019 World Boxing Championships for women will be held from 7 to 21 September.