Mary Kom beat her North Korean opponent Kim Hyang Mi in the semifinals.
NEW DELHI: Legendary Indian boxer from Manipur MC Mary Kom on Thursday pounded North Korea's Kim Hyang Mi to reach the 48-kg final in the Women's World Boxing Championship, assuring a medal for the country.
The 35-year-old five-time world champion defeated her North Korean opponent in the semifinals.
The ‘Magnificent Mary’ had beaten Kim in their last meeting at the summit clash of the Asian Championships last year and the Manipuri veteran sounded confident of a win again.
''I had defeated her in final of last Asian Championship in Vietnam, so I was a little alert. That time I had beaten her in a one-sided match. Every boxer learns something, whether we win or lose, we analyse about our weaknesses and strengths, about defence and attacking,'' Mary Kom told ANI.
The ace Manipuri pugilist will now take on Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota for a place in history on Saturday in Delhi.
She is undoubtedly one of the most successful woman pugilists in the event's history.
Mary Kom entered the event with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her credit.
She last won a world championship medal in 2010 - a 48kg category gold.
Before this World Championships, the Manipuri boxer was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) on the number of medals won.