India’s iconic boxer MC Mary Kom created history on Saturday by becoming the first woman to win six boxing world titles by clinching the 48 kg gold at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.
The 35-year-old legend beat Ukrainian Hanna Okhota in the summit clash on Saturday to create history. It was after 8 years since Mary Kom last won the World Boxing Championships.
The 35-year-old overtook Ireland’s Katie Taylor as the first female boxer to win six gold medals and becomes only the second boxer ever to achieve the feat after Felix Savon.
Having won a silver medal in the 2001 edition, the 35-year-old Manipuri boxer now has record seven medals to her name in the biennial amateur boxing event.
Before the start of the tournament, Mary Kom had reflected upon her journey from the beginning. “About five-six years ago, we were suffering in different ways in terms of facilities, travelling-wise and problems related to infrastructure. Today, all needs are taken care off immediately. No need to worry about support and facilities now. The younger generation are far better off than us as they have little worries,” Mary Kom said.