Magnificent Mary Punches Her Way to the Semis

Round of 16:

Five time World Champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom kick started her Asian Games campaign in style as she out-punched Korea’s Kim Yeji in the women’s 48 Kg round of 16. The Manipuri, who is also a multiple-time Asian champion, was destructively precise with her punches, took her rival off guard with some sublime ring craft and displayed awe-inspiring stamina during the near perfect bout.

The 31-year-old mother of two, drained out Yeji with power-packed jabs which left the Korean quite dazed. By the third round, Yeji could barely manage to drag herself in the ring even as Mary Kom impressed by being a bundle of energy all through. The Indian, who had taken a 3-0 lead, took things a bit easy in the final two minutes even as an exhausted Yeji found it tough to raise her game and resorted to holding in order to avoid being hit. Mary Kom will meet China’s Si Haijuan tomorrow.

Quarter Finals:

Unlike the Round of 16 clash, Mary had to work hark to book herself a place in the semis as she went on to beat China’s Si Hajjuan and book a place in the semis. Mary won the first round, lost the second and in the third, she punched her chinease opponent all around her face and stamped her autourity on Si. Mary put in all her experiance in place and prevailed in the end without much fuss.