Mary Kom: ‘The secret to my success is my fitness’

Magnificent Mary, who claimed gold on CWG debut, will compete in the 2020 Olympics if she feels “super fit”.

India's Mary Kom reacts after winning against Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the women's 45-48kg final boxing match in Gold Coast on Saturday.   -  PTI

 

Almost every medal that is there to be taken is in her kitty but MC Mary Kom says she still trains like a maniac, the latest result of the regimen being a gold on debut at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Saturday.

The 35-year-old and a mother-of-three, who has five world titles and an Olympic bronze medal, is seen as a sporting icon not just in India but also in other countries.

Crowned Asian champion just months ago, Mary added the light flyweight (48kg) Commonwealth crown to her tally.

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“The secret to my success is my fitness and I am very quick. I plan well before bouts. I am lucky that I can catch my opponents within seconds. I am able to read them very quickly,” Mary said at the end of her CWG campaign.

“I don’t have injuries, all I have is minor issues like cramps sometime,” she added.

And the secret to her fitness levels and to an extent her calm demeanour in the ring is a training regimen that she refuses to let go even one day.

“When I decide something with my head and heart, then even my husband cannot stop me. He sometimes tells me to take it easy after competition but I can’t help it,” she said.

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“I have to train to keep myself calm. It’s a a strong urge, it’s a habit and training makes me happy. When I don’t train I feel sick sometimes,” she added.

But despite the high fitness levels, she wouldn’t commit on whether the outlandish possibility of a 2020 Olympic appearance is on her mind.

“2020 is difficult to say, but I will try my best. 48kg is not there and I will have to put on weight to be in the 51kg category which is never easy. If I am super fit till 2020, I will compete but if I am not fit I will not,” said the accomplished boxer.

Speaking of her 22-year-old opponent Kristina O’Hara, who works as a carer in a nursing home, Mary said she has sparred with her in the past.

“I had a friendly match with her. I have sparred with her so I knew her game plan well. I told myself that it is easy but I had to be prepared for everything,” she said.

Elated at being India’s first woman boxer to claim a CWG gold, Mary said scripting history makes her happy.

“I have won everything and all of my medals are very important. Do I need to say more? Which other boxer can claim that, now I would not be scared of anyone. I am very happy that I created history. I have got everything,” she said.

“I still think about Olympics gold but other than that I have got everything. Even in Olympics, I do have a medal. I haven’t left out anything,” she signed off.