Imphal: Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom on Saturday evening defeated Hanna Okhota of Ukraine to make history and clinch her record sixth gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship being held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.
The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur won via a unanimous decision in 48-kg light flyweight class to equal the record of Cuban legend Felix Savon as the most successful boxer (jointly among men and women) in the history of world championships.
Mary Kom had earlier defeated Okhota in Poland earlier this year. The Ukranian is a junior European champion and she had also won a silver medal at the Youth World Championships.
In total, Mary Kom has now secured seven medals at the World Boxing Championships. These include six golds (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018) and one silver (2001). The record medal haul takes her past Irish boxing legend Katie Taylor (five golds and a bronze) in terms of medals won in the tournament.