And she has done it again! Leading the Indian contingent for the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, MC Mary Kom on Saturday clinched an unprecedented sixth Women’s World Boxing Championship title. With this gold medal, the 35-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 Championship.
Kom triumphed over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48kg final at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi.
#WWCHs2018 Finals – Light Fly (48kg)@MangteC (IND) defeats Mi Hyang Kim (PRK) and becomes 2018 AIBA World Champion!! Congratulations Mary 🥊🥊💪#AIBAFamily #ChampsBornHere @BFI_official pic.twitter.com/wlSLmbJHvB
— AIBA (@AIBA_Boxing) November 24, 2018
The legendary boxer, whose incredible achievements have also inspired a Bollywood biopic, defeated Okhota in three rounds of the final. Kom now stands tall, taking the top spot in the list of the most World Championship title victories.
And MARY KOM creates history! Wins GOLD medal in Women's World Championships for unprecedented 6th time as she beats Hanna Okhota in Final.
She is now tied with male pugilist Félix Savón as ALL TIME BEST (male or female) with 6 Gold & 1 Silver in World Championships. #Legend pic.twitter.com/YrgT3XwNck
— India_AllSports (@India_AllSports) November 24, 2018
Kom, the Commonwealth Games medallist, already became the most successful woman boxer at World Championships after reaching the semi-final on Friday.
📸 #PicoftheQuarterFinals 📸
Indian superstar MC Mary Kom celebrates with the local fans her Semi-Finals victory againts Hyang Mi Kim (PRK) at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Sport Complex#WWCHs2018 #AIBAFamily #ChampsBornHere pic.twitter.com/WX9Ie87TrV
— AIBA (@AIBA_Boxing) November 22, 2018
She is an Olympic silver medallist and an Asian Games gold medal winner. Kom entered the World Championship with a five gold medals and a silver in her kitty. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 — a 48kg category gold.
The mother of three was eyeing her second gold at home since 2006. She won gold the last time New Delhi hosted a world championship. The hunt for light flyweight (48kg) gold this time was solely aimed at breaking the tie with Katie Taylor by winning an unprecedented sixth world title.
Kom, who is a Rajya Sabha member of Parliament, actively uses her position to make a difference in society. She is a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award, Padmashri and Padma Bhushan.
Truly Magnificent Mary lives up to her name! Congrats to Mary Kom!