World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom loses in semis, questions decision

ULAN-UDE (Russia): Six-time champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) on Saturday settled for a bronze medal in the World Women’s Boxing Championships. She lost to Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu in an intense semifinal bout.

Third-seeded Mary Kom lost 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu. She is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist.

The Indian contingent sought a review of the decision. However, the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) technical committee turned down the appeal. “How and why. Let the world know how much right and wrong the decision is,” Mary Kom later tweeted expressing her anguish at the loss.

Both the boxers seemed hesitant to make the first move in the opening round but Mary had the edge in counter-attacks especially as Cakiroglu struggled to make her height advantage count.

The second round followed a similar pattern as far as the tactics went. Cakiroglu seemed the sharper of the two. Both the boxers upped the ante in the final three minutes. Later, Cakiroglu became the dominant aggressor.

Mary Kom had a stupendous campaign despite the loss. She added to her long list of accomplishments.
This bronze is her first world medal in the 51kg category.
Besides six world titles, Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012). Moreover, she has five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes.

Later in the evening session, Manju Rani (48kg) will be up against Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat. She upstaged fifth seed Yuliyanova Asenova in the quarterfinals. Jamuna Boro (54kg) will take on top seed and former Asian Games bronze-medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei. Last edition’s bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) will face China’s Yang Liu, who took down top seed Chen Nien-Chin.

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