Guwahati: Mary Kom is all set to prove it once again that she is not yet ready to give up her passion and is now just two steps away from holding another Gold medal in her hands. The 5 times world champion enters into the semi-finals of the World Boxing championships and accompanied by another female boxer from North-East, Lovlina Borgohain (Assam) who is also having her Semi-Final bout on Thursday.
MC Mary Kom, competing in the 48kg category, is facing Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea in the ring on Thursday. The mother of three is scheduled to face her opponent at the KD Jhadav Hall and victory in the rings on Thursday will take her directly to the much-awaited finals.
Along with Mary Kom, three more Indian boxers are shining and are all set for their semi-final bouts. These Indian boxers include Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Sonia Chahal (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg). Sonia and Simranjit will have their bouts on Friday.
The best part is that the Indian boxers are feeling fortunate to have played in their home grounds in front of home audiences cheering for them. On being asked as to how confident is the Manipuri veteran for the semi-finals, Mary said, "I am confident. I also know when to drop guard and when to attack. I have worked with the coaches and have a plan in place to counter her."
Notably, Mary has been going through strenuous practice sessions as she chasing her sixth gold this time. With an experience of nearly two decades of boxing, the North-eastern boxer is making sure that no stone is left unturned. However, the North Korean boxer's USP is her aggression and quick movement as could be seen in her quarterfinal bout against South Korean opponent Chorong Bak.
At the same time, another Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain too has shown an equally impressive graph with brighter performance. The Assamese girl is set to face her Chinese Taipei opponent Chen Nien-Chin in the semi-finals on Thursday. Lovlina’s last performance against Australian boxer Kaye Frances Scott in the quarterfinals was striking.
On being approached after the win, 21-year-old Lovlina said, "I was inexperienced last time when I took on her. But I now know how to tackle her. I did watch some of the video clips to know her style of boxing."
Other boxers Sonia and Simranjit too are all buckled up to clinch medals for their nation.