21-05-19 Guwahati- India Open International Boxing Mary Kom Vs M Rai (4)
Mary Kom (Red) from India in action against Mala Rai (Blue) from NP Category Womens Bantam 51 kg during the Second India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati on Tuesday. Image by UB photos

Manipur’s ace boxer Mary Kom on Tuesday easily defeated her opponent boxer Mala Rai of Nepal in the 51 kg category to reach the semifinals in the 2nd India Open Boxing Tournament being held at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati.

With a large number of her fans in the packed stadium cheering for ‘Magnificent Mary’, she wasted no time in recording a 5-0 win against the Nepal boxer.

Mary will now be facing Strandja Cup gold medallist Nikhat Zareen in the semifinals and it will be interesting to watch the two women boxing champions compete each other in the tournament.

Telangana based boxer Nikhat also easily defeated her opponent Anamika and recorded a 5-0 win against her to enter the semifinals.

Nikhat had earlier won gold medals in several boxing tournaments like AIBA Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championship and at the third Nations Cup International Boxing Tournament.

Mary had decided to give Asian Boxing Championship a miss this time to focus on the world championships and Olympic qualification .

Manipur boxer Sarita Devi entered the semifinals by a 5-0 win against her opponent Preeti Beniwal in the 60 kg category.

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