Mary Kom marches toward record 7th world champ medal

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After a dominant round, Mary was happy to wait for her opponent to take the attack to her.

The legendary MC Mary Kom remained on course for an unprecedented sixth gold after beating North Korea's Kim Hyang Mi to reach the 48kg final in the Women's World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on Thursday.

Lovlina Borgohain will be competing in the women's 69 kg welterweight category and she will face Chinese Taipei's Chen Nien-Chin.

But will be present at the venue to cheer both Mary Kom and Lovlina along with the rest of the squad.

It was probably because of her earlier loss to Indian in the Asian Championship final in 2017 that the North Korean came out better prepared. She avoided a flurry of punches from her taller rival to keep on scoring points. For Mary Kom's second coming, perhaps a franchise reboot is in order. "I hope to beat her again". The 35-year-old has also clinched a bronze at the London Olympics.

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Talking to mediapersons after her semi-final bout, she said, "I will try my best in the final". In a bout that could have gone either way, Lovlina lost by a split 4-0 decision and had to be content with a bronze medal in her maiden appearance. At the same time I also have learnt and I came prepared to defend and counter.

Hanna also recalled the semi-final bout against Mary in Poland. Not to forget that Indian had defeated the Ukrainian in the semi-finals of the Silesian event in Poland in September. "Once I knew her game (Wu), I planned and made the strategy accordingly", Kom told reporters. As the clock ticked down, Kom would repeatedly breach her opponents defence, particularly finding success with a right cross to Kim's head - followed by a left straight to her body. Simranjit's ability to punch above her weight will help her in another testing situation. So it is always tough when you play a taller opponent, due to their reach they have the advantage.

"I knew that my opponent was strong". Out of the four Indian semifinalists, five-time champion Mary Kom (48kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) will take the ring on Thursday while Sonia Chahal (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg) will have their semifinal bouts on Friday.

Mary Kom entered the semi-final bout as an underdog due to the vast physicality and reach of Kim Hyang-Mi but the Indian ace showed quick feet movement and ducked several punches thrown at her by the North Korean boxer.