AIBA Rankings: Mary Kom Becomes World No 1 Boxer
MC Mary Kom gave the sports fraternity a reason to rejoice, yet again. Her stellar sixth world title triumph secured her the number one position in the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) latest world rankings. Earlier, this month she was also seen gracing the cover of fashion magazine Femina.
In her nearly two decades long illustrious career, Mary became the most successful boxer in world championships’ history when she claimed the 48 kg category top honours in November last year in Delhi. The mother of three has won gold at prestigious events — the Commonwealth Games, India Open Boxing Tournament and now the World Championships.
The updated rankings by AIBA put Mary Kom on the top of the charts in the weight division with 1700 points.
In the 2012 Olympics, she became India’s first woman boxer to clinch an Olympic medal. Now, the 36-year-old is looking forward to her 2020 Olympic dream, and her punches are becoming stronger than ever.
The Historic Gold
Late last year Kom created history by grabbing her sixth world championship title. She is an Olympic silver medalist and an Asian Games gold medal winner. The 36-year-old has surpassed Katie Taylor’s tally of five world titles and equalled Cuba’s Felix Savon as the most successful boxer (men and women’s boxing combined) in the history of World Championships. No other woman boxer has done it before.
No Retirement Yet
Earlier, there were rumours about her probable retirement, but the boxer stepped up and put an end to them.
She had laughed off all the rumours saying, “I have never talked about retirement, they were just rumours. Even I was shocked when I heard about my retirement.”
The mother of three was a dominant performer at the recent games, tiding over the disappointment of not qualifying for Rio Olympics 2016. Clearly, the celebrated boxer is eyeing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, her lifelong dream.
Truly Magnificent Mary lives up to her name! Congrats yet again!