MC Mary Kom has created history by becoming the first woman to win six boxing world titles after clinching the 48 kg gold at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.
The 35-year-old Indian legend faced up to Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota, knowing victory in the summit clash would see her overtake Ireland’s Katie Taylor, with whom she had been level on five gold medals. Buoyed by a packed home audience, Mary was awarded the bout by a unanimous verdict by the officials.
16 years after winning her maiden World Championship crown – and eight years since her last – Mary becomes the most successful female in the history of the competition and the joint-most successful pugilist overall along with Cuban all-time great Felix Savon.
It was a second meeting between the two in as many months, with the veteran having beaten the 22-year-old in the semis en route a title at the Silesian Boxing Championships in Poland in September. The domination continued in Delhi.
Mary’s five previous World Championship titles had come over five successive editions from 2002 to 2010, after a silver medal at the inaugural Worlds in 2001. She remains the only Indian female boxer to have won an Olympic medal, a bronze at the 2012 London Games, and also the only one with a Commonwealth Games gold, won in Gold Coast earlier this year.