Sarjubala, who won the Silver medal in the recently concluded Women’s World Amaetur Championship in Jeju City, South Korea has set her sights on continuing the legacy of her fellow Manipuri boxer MC Mary Kom, who is also a five time World Champion.
According to Sajrubala, legendary Mary Kom has been her idol, sparring partner, mentor, inspiration and importantly the reason for her to step into the ring. She also credited Mary Kom’s success for being considered as one of the nation’s greatest boxing prospects and expressed her desire to make a name for herself.
Having said these, the World Championship Silver medallist is aware that she might face the five-time World Champ as her greatest rival as the pair are expected to trade punches for a spot to represent the nation in the 51kg category at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sajrubala has expressed her confidence to punch above her weight whenever the match takes place. She is all set to fight in the 51kg Flyweight Division (the lowest in the women’s category at the Olympics) from her current 48 kg category.
“I want to be the next Mary Kom, you know. She is the woman I grew up idolising, but she is the woman I know I may come up against in the run up to the Olympics. But I have to do what I have to do and if I am up against her then I will do my best to try and qualify for the Games. Of course Mary was the one who motivated me in the first place. I want to do well for myself and my family. It’s something that drives me,” she added in a manner that was coy and in a voice that was barely audible. Her drive for glory is what brought me four international gold medals, including one at the 2011 AIBA World Youth Boxing Championship, and the latest, a Light Flyweight silver at the Women’s World Championship in Jeju, South Korea, last month.” Sajrudevi said.