JAPAN. Tokyo: Indian boxer Mary Kom registered a spectacular win against Hernandez Garcia of the Dominican Republic in the opening round of her bout in the 51 kg category. The veteran boxer started her Olympic campaign with a calculated win. Interestingly, the former Olympic medallist and six-time world champion faced a contender who was 15 years younger than her. In the 2012 London Olympics, Kom won a bronze medal. India is now hoping that the champion boxer will win another medal for the country.
Talking about her win, Kom said, “I use experience against young boxers. I learn in every game and it does not matter if I win or lose”, she said.
The 38-year-old boxer defeated Garcia 4-1 to enter the pre-quarterfinals. The Indian boxer will now face the third-seed Colombian medallist Ingrit Valencia. Valencia won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics four years ago.
“I am just getting started,” were the first words of six-time world champion MC Mary Kom after defeating her 15-year younger opponent in her first match at Olympics 2021. Now, Kom will aim to ace every performance until she gets her hands on the prestigious gold medal.
While speaking to journalists after her win, Kom was all praise for Olympic silver medallist Mirabai Chanu. Kom hailed Chanu for winning an Olympic silver medal.
She said that Chanu belongs to the same Indian state as her and that they have come from a very humble background. “We Manipuri’s will never give up. We will keep fighting till the end. I think it is in our genes,” Kom said.