Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) won a silver medal in the Asian Boxing Championships after an intense final against Nazim Kizaybay of Kazakhstan here on Sunday.
Mary Com lost in a split 2-3 sentence. This was her seventh medal in the tournament, the first being a gold medal, which appeared in the 2003 edition.
Against an opponent 11 years younger than her, the 38-year-old made an impressive start and comfortably started the starting round, relying on his sharp counterattacks.
The intensity increased in the second round and the two boxers showed aggressive intent. At this point, the Kazakh made a draw with a perfect landing.
Mary Com answered in the last three minutes, but that wasn’t enough to make the judges nod.
The Manipuri legend also won a $ 5,000 cash prize for his campaign, while Kyzaibay was $ 10,000 richer.
Kizaibay is a two-time world champion and a six-time national champion.
On Monday, Amit Pangal (52kg), Shiva Tapa (64kg) and Sanjit (91kg) will compete in the men’s finals.
Panghal will face reigning Olympic and world champion Shahobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan. This will be a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final, in which the Indian had lost to settle for silver.
Tapa will face Mongolia Baatarsukh Chinzorig, a silver medalist at the Asian Games.
Sanjit will take on Kazakh legend Vasily Levitt, who is chasing his fourth gold at the continental exhibition.
Eight other Indians – Olympic trio Simrandjit Kaur (60 kg), Vikas Krishan (69 kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) and Jaismin (57 kg), Sakshi Chaudhari (64 kg), Monica (48 kg), Saviti (81 kg) )) and Varinder Singh (60 kg) – secured bronze medals after semi-final losses.
They also received cash prizes of $ 2,500 for their third place finish.