India’s Mary Kom assured herself of at least a bronze medal in the 51kg category of Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude by reaching the semi-final on Thursday. 3rd seed Mary defeated Rio Olympic bronze medallist Ingrit Valencia of Colombia 5-0 to reach the semi-final.

Mary Kom also became the first boxer in the history of World Championships to win 8 world meet medals. She was tied on 7 with Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon after winning the gold in the 48kg category in New Delhi last year.

Mary Kom will next face 2nd seed Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey on Saturday.Mary used all her experience to sway away from challenges and land punches at the right time to put pressure on Valencia. Mary was adjudged winner on points after she got a scoreline of 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28.


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