IMPHAL, February 26, 2018: Mary Kom (48kg), who came into the event in pursuit of a third consecutive gold medal after the Asian championships and the India Open, lost to Bulgaria’s Sevda Asenova in a rather shocking decision at the 69th Strandja Memorial boxing tournament.
It was a stunning result for Mary Kom, who dominated the bout against the local favourite. The Olympic bronze-medallist Indian was the one initiating any attack for most of the bout.
In fact, she quite literally chased Asenova, who was content with occasional touches and back-paddling evasively. One such chase for getting a punch across by Mary Kom led to the boxers tumbling over each other.
It came as quite a surprise when the judges ruled in the Asenova’s favour, leaving the Indian corner shocked.
The Indian women boxers thus finished the event with two silver and four bronze medals. The bronze-medallist were Meena Kumari Devi (54kg), L Sarita Devi (60kg), Saweety Boora (75kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg). The bronze-medallists among the men were Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg).
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