Mary Kom opens with win in World C`ship

Bridgetown (Barbados): Four-time defending champion M C Mary Kom (48kg) began her campaign in style, out-punching Sweden`s Lungo Vesenne Natalie 10-1 in the opening round of the sixth World Women`s Boxing Championships here.

Dubbed `Magnificent Mary` by the International Boxing
Association (AIBA), Mary Kom was slightly cautious to start
with before gaining in confidence to lead 2-0 after the
opening round.

The mother-of-two from Manipur built on the lead making
it 6-0 in the second round. Mar Kom added four more points to
her kitty in the next two rounds to round off a dominating

Her next opponent in the pre-quarterfinals tomorrow would
be Jenny Smith of Australia.

However, there was disappointment for India in the 54kg
category when Priyanka lost 6-10 to Asian Champion Zhang Qin
of China.

At the end of the first round, Priyanka trailed 2-4 and
never really recovered from the deficit to bow out of the
tournament in the opening round itself.


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