‘Magnificent Mary’ continued her magnificent run at the 2012 London Olympics assuring herself of at least a bronze medal finish, after registering a resounding victory in the round of eight of the fly weight category, at the Excel Arena in on Monday (6 Aug 2012). MC Mary Kom (51kg), a true legend in the sport added another glorious chapter to her achievements as she beat Maroua Rahali of Tunisia to advance to the semi-final stage of the tournament. The reigning Asian Champion displayed great skill and strategy to overpower the Tunisia national champion.
The five time world champion started slow, deciding to measure her opponent first. Maroua, on the other hand – well aware of the Kom’s aggressive infighting – choose to fight from the outside. The two fighters did not engage much in the opening round, but the Indian was able to squeeze in a crucial one point lead (2:1) and soon doubled the advantage with some hard hitting blows (5:3) in the second. With the beginning of the third round she shifted into top gear; in spite of the Tunisian boxer’s long reach Mary set the pace of the bout with some brilliant combinations and started to take the game away from Maroua. By the end of the round the writing was on the wall, as the 29 year old opened the gap to a 7 point lead. She continued to attack in the last two minutes of play as well and finally secured her place in the semi-finals with a comprehensive 15:6 victory.
Kom will have an uphill task in the round of four as she squares off against English boxer Nicola Adams. Adams, a three time World Championship silver medallist, got the better of Mary at the 2012 AIBA World Championship and will be looking to replicate her success against the four times Asian Champion. Mary on the hand will be keen to avenge her WC quarter final loss and secure a place in the championship round.
India top pugilist in the Men’s event, Vijender Singh will be seen in action in the evening session on Monday (6 Aug 2012). He will take on his old rival and former World Champion Abbos Atoev from Uzbekistan for a place in the semi-final. Vijender leads 2:1 in the head to head record against the Uzbek boxer.