`Magnificent` Mary Kom in World C`ship quarters

Bridgetown: Indian boxer M C Mary
Kom (48kg) continued her march towards a fifth consecutive
World Championship title by advancing to the quarterfinals
with a thumping win over Australian Jenny Smith here.

Mary Kom dispatched Smith before the end of the first
round with the referee stopping the contest when the score was
already 9-0 in the Indian`s favour.

The mother-of-two from Manipur, who is also a Khel Ratna
awardee, will take on Welshwoman Lynsey Holdaway in the
last-eight stage on September 15.

The 25-year-old is just one win away from assuring
herself of a medal in the sixth edition of the event.

However, there was disappointment for Neetu in the 60kg
category as she lost 2-12 to former world champion Katie
Taylor of Ireland.

A vicious right hook in the first round could almost have
sealed the contest, but Neetu managed to hold out for the full
eight minutes.