India's M C Mary Kom, who won a historic sixth world title, was adjudged the best pugilist of the 10th World Women's Boxing Championships here. Image sourceThe emphatic moment also marks Mary Kom as the most successful boxer in the history of the colossal event.
The other Indian finalist, 21-year-old Sonia lost to Wahner Ornella Gabriele of Germany in the 57kg final in a split 4-1 decision to settle for a silver in her debut World Championships. Okhota countered with left but was not enough to stop the five-time world champion. Prior to this, she was tied with Ireland's Katie Taylor with five gold and one bronze on the number of medals won by a woman.
Mary had previously won the gold medal in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 editions of the Championships.
Taking on Hannah Okata of Ukraine in the final on Sunday, Mary Kom out-boxed and out-jabbed her opponent as she was declared the victor of the final after three rounds by a unanimous 5-0 decision from the judges.
S.S. Rajamouli: Congratulations Mary Kom on winning the record sixth Gold in World Boxing Championships. Mary will be relentless in her pursuit of that one elusive dream: an Olympic gold medal.
Priyanka Chopra, who essayed the role of Mary Kom in her biopic, also wished the star on her official Twitter handle writing, "Wow!"
Mary Kom had defeated Okhota in their previous meeting in Poland earlier this year. Suffice to say, there is no question that she will be a role model for all time to come. There is no (48kg) weight category in the Olympic Games.
In front of almost packed crowd on Saturday, Mary Kom showed no nerves and was successful in keeping her opponent on the move with calculated counter offensive strikes.
Lovlina pointed out how the New Delhi championships has given the Indian boxers the confidence they needed. The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur couldn't hold back her tears when she thanked the home crowd for enormous support."I want to thank the fans who turned up today to cheer me and the Indian contingent".
The second round was a wake up call for Mary as Okhota did connect some powerful punches in her combination and continued to come forward in Mary's range to accumulate some points.
"I will try my best in the final".
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