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MC Mary Kom boxes clever


Mon 26 Mar 12: Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom won gold at the weekend's Asian Women's Boxing Championships (Times of India).

Ahead of the final against China's Ren Cancan, Mary Kom predicted: "If she is world champion, then I am also world champion. It's going to be an easy final."

She duly defeated her Chinese opponent 14-8 to avenge a semi-final defeat at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Mon 27 Feb 12: Five months out from the start of the Olympics, MC Mary Kom has enlisted the services of a new coach.

MC Mary Kom
MC Mary Kom is mixing up her normal preparations for London 2012

The five-time world champion has moved to the city of Pune from her usual base in Patiala, Punjab to be with British coach Charles Atkinson for a month.

"I wanted to train alone... away from all the distractions," said the fighter. "I have been going through the same routine for the last 10-11 years. For the Olympics, one has to break away from the mould."


Fri 25 Nov 11: MC Mary Kom suffered a shock defeat at the London 2012 boxing test event.

"Today was not my lucky day," she said after losing to Argentina's Pamela Paoloa Benavides in the quarter-finals. "Before the bout I had a minor ankle injury. The world championships are the qualifiers for the Olympics so that is the main tournament and I will do my best for my country there."

Mary Kom also added her voice to a recent debate about whether women boxers should wear shorts or skirts at next year's Games: "The tennis players wear skirts and the badminton players are wearing skirts so why don't the boxers wear skirts?"

Mon 17 Oct 11: MC Mary Kom has won her eighth national title in 12 years (Times of India).

She outpunched Pinki Jangra 13:9 to secure the flyweight title at the Indian Championships in Bhopal. She later revealed how she deals with the pressure of representing a country with over a billion inhabitants.

"If I think about the millions of hopes resting on me, it will be difficult to box under those circumstances," she said. "When I am in the ring I just think of the bout and the opponent."

Mon 09 May 11: Mary Kom has won gold at the Asian Cup Women's Boxing Tournament in Haikou, China.

The decision to compete was a tough one because her three-and-a-half-year-old son was due to undergo heart surgery.

After seeing his wife beat North Korea's Kim Myong Sim to the title, Omler Kom said: "It was an emotional decision for her to leave before our son's surgery but she promised me she would get the top spot, and I am happy that she did".


Mon 28 Dec 10: MC Mary Kom has told the Times of India that she will retire after the London Olympics.

"I can look upon it as a sacrifice for two more years, but not after that. Soon my children will wear their first school uniforms and I don't want to miss it," she said.

Wed 24 Nov 10: Mary Kom has suffered an upset at the Asian Games but still leaves with a bronze medal.

She cruised through the qualifying round by defeating Chieh Meng Ping from Taiwan 16-2 but lost her semi-final to China's Cancan Ren 11-7.

Sat 30 Oct 10: MC Mary Kom has won sportswoman of the year at the Sahara Indian Sports Awards (NDTV).

Sat 18 Sep 10: MC Mary Kom has rewritten the record books by winning a fifth consecutive world title, beating Steluta Duta 16-6.


Indian boxer MC Mary Kom wins her fifth consecutive world title at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Barbados

Fri 17 Sep 10: MC Mary Kom out-punched Alice Appari 8-1 (One India) to secure her place in the final. She will go up against Steluta Duta of Romania who beat Kazakhstan's Nazgul Boranbayeva 10-5.

Wed 15 Sep 10: Mary Kom beat Wales' Lynsey Holdaway 9-2 (Express India) in the quarter-final and will face Alice Appari of the Philippines in Friday's semi-final.

Tue 14 Sep 10: MC Mary Kom is looking good for a fifth consecutive world title after progressing to the quarter-finals of the World Women's Boxing Championships in Barbados with a thumping win over Australian Jenny Smith (India Blooms).

Wed 8 Sep10: BBC World Olympic Dreams catches up with MC Mary Kom as she returns to her home town of Manipur .


MC Mary Kom, India's four-time women's world boxing champion, returns to her home town of Manipur.

Mon 16 Aug 10: MC Mary Kom will lead India's team at the World Women's Boxing Championships in Barbados next month.

She will move up to the light flyweight (48kg) category from the 46kg class in which she won the World Championship four times in a row.

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Shock defeat for Kom at boxing event
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Mary Kom knocked out of Asian Games
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Mary Kom wins fifth world title
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Boxing goes hand in glove with Mary Kom
08 Sep 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Women in boxing over the years
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