Indian boxing's fab four eye world glory


Maybe cast a North East actor this time.

The 35-year-old Manipuri boxer is now tied with Katie Taylor of Ireland, who has left amateur boxing, on five gold in the World Championship.

By reaching the final, she has already become the most successful woman pugilist in the event's history. She would have analysed my game after our bout, so I have to account for that as well.

As the announcer made a call for bout No 239 to commence, a familiar foe for MC Mary Kom appeared.

The big-hearted Lovlina has come good against some of the best in the business and will be eager to display her worth when she faces World's bronze medal victor Nien-Chin Chen.

Where Mary was patient, biding her time against Wu, Lovlina was rampant, explosive from the first bell to the last, pushing the Australian on to the back foot nearly immediately.

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The one-point reduction, however, did not make much of a difference as Chen eventually won 29-27 29-27 28-28 29-27 30-26.

Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Chinese Taipei and Ukraine have two boxers each in the semifinals to be held on Thursday and Friday. "I have worked with the coaches and have a plan in place to counter her", said Mary, who is chasing her sixth world title. Later in the day, Simranjit Kaur notched her first medal on her debut Worlds with a win over Ireland's Amy Broadhurst in the 64kg category. Of the four, Mary will India's best bet for a gold medal in the tournament.

Victor of the 75-kg bronze in the last World Championship, Nien-Chin forced Lovlina on the back foot right from the word go. In the toughest draw of any of the Indian pugilists, she was matched up against Petrova, the World No. 1 in the bantamweight category. Despite an impressive third round, the Indian didn't show enough to get the judges nod for a decision. But both of us know each other's style.

She will now face North Korea's Kim Hyang Mi, who she beat in the Asian Championships past year, on Thursday in the semi-final.

While the North Korean came back aggressively in the second round, Mary was quick enough to reserve her punches before coming up with a right arm jab to tame her opponent. "My next match is against a Taipei girl and she is shorter than me, so I trained accordingly today", said the lanky Lovlina. "But I am prepared for it", Mary said.