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Mary Kom Bids Farewell to Boxing: A Look Back At The Remarkable Career Of Star Indian Boxer

5 months ago By Jhon Woug

Recently, Mary Kom, the renowned Indian boxer with six world championships and an Olympic medal under her belt, dismissed rumours regarding her retirement. She revealed that the statements made about possible retirement were misrepresented and clarified that she has not formally declared any such intention to quit boxing.

Mary Kom, the history-making female boxer with six world titles to her name, responded to rumours about her retirement by clarifying that she has not yet made a formal announcement. Disputing earlier reports on the matter, she insisted: “I have been misquoted, and I will make it clear in front of the media when I am ready.” She also pushed back against alleged claims of having already retired, stating firmly, “This information is false.”

Earlier reports implied that Mary Kom had retired from boxing because the International Boxing Association (IBA) imposed an age limit on elite-level competition. But, in truth, the champion has clarified her stance and explained that her statements at a school event in Dibrugarh were misinterpreted.

While inspiring children at the January 24, 2024 event, Mary expressed a desire to continue achieving success in sports despite the age limit preventing her from participating in the Olympics. Undeterred by this obstacle, she remains dedicated to maintaining her fitness and stated that she will make an announcement when it is time for her retirement.

Adding a new chapter to her illustrious career, Mary Kom’s refutation of retirement rumours is another remarkable accomplishment. Her journey as a pugilist commenced at the age of 18 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she made an introduction into the world of boxing that was nothing short of extraordinary. Although she fell just shy in the ultimate match-up during World Meet’s beginning year, she nevertheless left behind an indelible mark on all those watching and foreshadowed her future success. undefined

With her nearly perfect boxing technique, she advanced to the finals of the 48kg division and demonstrated great potential for forthcoming accomplishments. Ultimately, Mary made history by becoming not only India’s first female exceptional boxer but also by winning a gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships while setting off an impressive series of victories.

Mary Kom demonstrated impressive resilience by taking breaks from her career following her victories in 2008 and an Olympic bronze medal in 2012. Upon returning to the ring at the World Championships held in Delhi in 2018, she added another milestone to her illustrious career, winning a remarkable sixth world title with a commanding score of 5-0 over Hanna Okhota from Ukraine. In the subsequent year, Mary made history again as she became one of only two boxers (male or female) ever to earn eight world medals after claiming yet another victory on this prestigious stage.

Beyond her accomplishments in the boxing ring, Mary Kom has had a profound impact on Indian boxing. She serves as an inspiration to many by challenging gender norms and demonstrating that age does not have to be a limiting factor for success. Her recent confirmation of retiring further demonstrates her unwavering commitment to maintaining peak fitness levels and dedication to the sport.

The future news from Mary Kom is keenly anticipated by the boxing world, but one fact remains unwavering: she has firmly established herself as a pioneer and trailblazer in Indian boxing. Her journey that commenced in Scranton continues to ignite generations with inspiration, and there’s no doubt her contributions will be celebrated for years to come.

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