Mary Kom enters quarters; step away from World Championships medal

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Six-time World Champion MC Mary Kom marched into the quarter-finals at the AIBA Women’s World Championships at Ulan-Ude, Russia on Tuesday.

The London Olympic Bronze medalist had to work hard initially as she went on to defeat Thailand’s Jutumas Jitpong 5-0 after receiving a first-round bye. The third seed veteran pugilist played aggressively after comprehending her opponent’s rhythm in the first round.

Chasing her first world medal in the 51 kg category, Mary Kom dislodged her opponent’s defense with sharp counter attacks and took charge of the proceedings from the second round onwards.

Mary Kom is now one step away from securing yet another medal and will next face Lorena Victoria Valencia of Colombia on October 10. She joins Manju Rani (48 kg) who has already ensured a quarter-final berth earlier.

Last edition Bronze medallist and third seed Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) will face Oumayma Bel from Morocco after having a bye in the first round while Jamuna Boro (54 kg) will be challenged by fifth-seed Algerian boxer Ouidad Sfouh on October 9.

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