Asian Boxing Championship: Mary Kom soars into final

India's M. C. Mary Kom soared into the final of the 48kg category at the Asian Women's Boxing Championships on Tuesday after defeating Tsubasa Komura in the semifinal.

Having made it to the final, Mary Kom will now bid for a fifth gold medal at the event.   -  M. Moorthy

Five-time world champion M. C. Mary Kom remained on course for a fifth gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships after she advanced to the final on Tuesday.

Mary Kom defeated Japan’s Tsubasa Komura in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to make the summit clash for the fifth time in her six appearances at the event.

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She had earlier defeated Chinese Taipei's Meng-Chieh Pin in a split verdict in the quarterfinals.

The 34-year-old pugilist has a history of strong performances at the meet, having won four gold and a silver medal in her five previous appearances at the event. Having made it to the final, Mary Kom will now bid for a fifth gold medal at the event.

Mary Kom returned to her preferred weight category after five years of competing in 51kg, which was made an Olympic category in 2012.

Once again, it was a bout fought largely on defensive tactics. The Japanese boxer seemed too wary to go near the Indian, who had to quite literally lunge at Komura for her right hooks to connect.

Mary Kom’s patience with Komura’s tactics ran out in the second round and she increased the pace and ferocity of her own attacks to unsettle the Japanese.

The shell guard to stave off Komura’s feeble right straights ensured that the Manipuri hardly took any blow in what turned out to be a lopsided contest.

Sonia makes final

World Championship silver medalist, Sonia Lather got the better of Uzbekistan's Yodgoroy Mirzaeva to reach the final of the 57kg category.

Shiksha, Priyanka, Sarita falter

India's Shiksha Singh went down fighting against Chinese Taipei's Lin Yu-Ting to crash out of the tournament.

Later on, Priyanka Choudhary lost her bout against Yeonji Oh of Korea in the semifinal of the 60kg category.

In the 64kg category, Sarita Devi fell to China's Dan Dou to end her target of a gold medal.

Seema Poonia was defeated by Guzal Ismatova in the 81 kg category.