‘Magnificent Mary’ wins World Boxing Championship

New Delhi: MC Mary Kom won the momentous fifth successive Women`s World Boxing Championship gold with a pounding 16-6 win over Steluta Duta of Romania in the 48kg weight category final.

Earlier, Mary Kom (48kg) defeated Alice Kate Aparri of Philippines 8-1 in the semifinals to assure herself of at least a silver in the sixth edition of the event.

The former Khel Ratna awardee will now face old rival Steluta Duta of Romania who defeated Kazakhstan`s Nazgul Boranbayeva 10-5.

However, there was disappointment as well for India when Kavita (+81kg) settled for a bronze after losing 2-14 to Ukraine`s Kateryna Kuzhel in the semifinals.

But Mary Kom, a mother-of-two from Manipur who is the only boxer to have won a medal in each edition of the World Championship, ensured that the Indian camp had something to cheer about.

"I am very happy to have come so far. I will do my best to win a gold even this time but I am not thinking too much about it because I need to focus on my game. If I fight well, I will win," the diminutive 27-year-old, who clinched a silver in the inaugural edition and hasn`t settled for anything less then a gold ever since, said.