When Mary Kom walked out to the middle ahead of her AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship final on Saturday, the crowd erupted in a thunderous roar. With the exception of a few Ukrainian fans, a packed crowd was waiting with bated breath for the veteran boxer to claim a record sixth World title and the 35-year old did not disappoint.
In a mostly one-sided final, she defeated Hannah Okhota by unanimous decision, and in the process, became the most successful boxer in the tournament’s history.
With the 2020 Olympics less than two years away, this was a huge win for the 35-year old. But the veteran is not ready to rest on her laurels and she has already set her sights on the next target.
“The next step is to start preparing for Olympic qualification. I will need to change my weight category, and as a result, the training and diet will also completely change,” she said.