Ace Manipuri boxer MC Mary Kom will aim for a historic sixth gold at the AIBA Women’ World Championships underway in the Delhi.
The tenth edition of the championships, is set to be the biggest ever with more than 300 participants from 72 countries. The championship will end on November 24.
India is hosting the championships for the second time after 2006 when the country topped the table with eight medals – four golds, one silver, three bronze.
Mary Kom is leading the ten member Indian contingent. The 35-year-old, who is tied with Katie Taylor on five gold medals and one more will make her the most successful woman boxer in history since the Irish pugilist has turned a Pro.
Mary Kom who will fight in the 48 kg, has claimed gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the inaugural India Open and the International Tournament in Poland this year.
“There are boxers who are still playing in my category since 2001. I know them very well. The new boxers are tougher and smarter, they are faster. I will use my experience. The past boxers are more or less the same, I know them,” Mary Kom said.
Another Manipur veteran L Sarita Devi who will feature in 60kg is also eyeing her secong gold. She has five Asian titles besides winning gold in 2006 in the same championship.
The other eight team members are Pinky Jangra (51 Kg), Manisha Maun (54 Kg), Sonia (57 Kg), Simranjit Kaur (64 Kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 Kg), Saweety Boora (75 Kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81 Kg) and Seema Poonia (+81 Kg).