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World Boxing Championship: Mary Kom eyes record 6th title, Sonia aims for first

first_imgMary Kom is eyeing an unprecedented sixth Women’s World Boxing Championship title as she gets ready to take on Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48kg final at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delho on Saturday.If Mary manages to lift the 48kg world title on Saturday, she will surpass Katie Taylor’s tally of five world titles and equal Cuba’s Felix Savon as the most successful boxer (men and women’s boxing combined) in the history of World Championship.Mary already became the most successful woman boxer at World Championships after reaching the semi-final on Friday.On the other hand, Sonia Chahal is looking for the yellow metal in just her debut appearance at the World Championship and she has been in an extremely solid form.Sonia has shown great maturity in her bouts so far and her skillset has been very impressure. From nimble footwork to solid punches, Sonia has shown she belongs at the big stage.Even after winning her semi-final, Sonia was completely focussed on the task at hand and she is only looking for gold.”I am all prepared for the final. I will fight and get gold.”World Boxing Championships, Mary Kom vs Hanna Okhota final live streaming online: When, where to watch coverage on Hotstar, Star SportsMARY KOM vs HANNA OKHOTA IN FINAL:The Manipuri pugilist has been in a dominant form through the World Championship in New Delhi and it was not much of a surprise when she entered the 48kg final with a unanimous 5:0 win over Hyang Mi Kim of North Korea.advertisementThe last time Mary and Okhota met was in September this year in the semi-final of Silesian Open in Poland, where the Indian pugilist beat the Ukrainian with a 5:0 verdict in her favour.Heading into the final, Mary Kom asked for the prayer and support of the fans and said she will prepare well for the final.”Though I have beaten her [Hanna] in Poland this year, I will definitely prepare well for the final. But I would need the prayer of all my fans; they have been fantastic and supporting me all along. I would need their prayer on Saturday, too,” Mary said after her semi-final victory. The 22-year-old Okhota has admitted the difficulty of the task in hand as she believes Mary will be hard to stop in front of the home crowd at the KD Jadhav arena.Despite the passing years, Mary has only improved her reflexes and the vast experience helps her in analysing her opponents’ game quickly. Okhota faces a stern challenge as Magnificent Mary looks set to achieve a major landmark at home.MARY KOM’S ROAD TO FINAL:Mary Kom outclasses Aigerim Kessenayeva in pre-quartersMary Kom, after getting a bye in the first round, first competed in the pre-quarterfinals against Kazakhstan’s Kessenayeva and even though she began watchfully and took her time to come settle, she was in her elements by the time the second round came.All the five judges gave a verdict in favour of the Indian with four of them scoring 30-27 each while one scored 29-28.Mary Kom unanimously beats Wu Yu in quartersMary Kom assured herself of at least a bronze medal at the World Championships as she completely outboxed China’s Wu Yu 5-0 in the light flyweight (48kg) category.Ahead of this World Championship, Mary Kom had five gold medals and a silver and she guaranteed herself another with the quarter-final victory.Mary Kom enters final with win over Hyang Mi KimMary Kom used her vast reservoir of experience against the tall North Korean pugilist Hyang Mi Kim and advanced to the final at the back of a 5:0 win in the semis.Open low guard, biding time and increasing the tempo when needed has been Mary Kom’s strategy this tournament and with that, the Indian veteran negated the attacking moves of Kim extremely well.Even though Kim landed a few punches at Mary Kom, the Indian countered well with a few right jabs and uppercuts and by the end of the second round, Mary had showcased a vast range of combination punches.In the final round, Mary kept a close guard and punched away even as Kim was getting even more aggressive. In the last 20 seconds, Mary piled pressure on her rival with another set of barrage to win the match.SONIA CHAHAL VS WAHNER ORNELLA GABRIELE IN FINAL: Sonia, who is a 2016 national championship gold medal winner and a bronze medal winner at boxing championship in Turkey, has worked her way into the final in her debut at the big stage.advertisementEven in the semi-final, Sonia showed great skill to outsmart her opponent and strategised really well.”It was a tough bout. I knew I had to play counter like I usually do but last round, I got aggressive and that paid dividends,” Sonia said after the semi-final.On Saturday, as Sonia prepares to fight for gold, she will have a huge task at hand but a massive backing from the home crowd.SONIA CHAHAL’S ROAD TO FINAL:Sonia beat former world champion Stanimira Petrova in pre-quartersThis was the first big shining moment for Sonia in this championships. She had a formidable opponent and it was a nervy performance but just enough performance to advance to the next stage. Sonia beat Petrova in a split 3:2 decision.So close was the bout that Petrova even went on to allege the judges of corruption after losing to Sonia but having said without evidence, Petrova got her accreditation revoked.Sonia outsmarts Colombia’s Yeni Castenada in quarter-finalThis was a split verdict too but was more in favour of Sonia this time. By a 4:1 decision, Sonia defeated Castenada to enter the semi-final of the World Championship and assured herself of at least a bronze.Sonia started wtih left jabs and increased her pace to unsettle her opponent in the first two rounds. The third round saw the Colombian attack but Sonia had done enough by then.Sonia defeats North Korea’s Jo Son Hwa to reach finalAs has the competition risen, so has Sonia! While her first two wins were split decisions, on Friday, she brought up a 5:0 win over Jo Son to storm into the final.Despite a powerful start from Jo Son, Sonia held her own and showed her skills on the biggest stage to get up and running in the race for gold.Also watch –last_img read more