Mary Kom confident

Mary Kom confident

Mary Kom is easily India’s best bet to win a gold medal at the London Olympics but the five-time world boxing champion is not taking things for granted. She knows that the transition from the 48-kg weight category to 51 kg has its pitfalls. A game trier, she says will certainly make a fight out of it.

A mother of two, the 29-year-old says the Olympics will be tough as she has powerful opponents to box against in her new weight category.

After switching to her new weight category, Mary Kom won the gold at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and that she says has given her enormous confidence and that she is now more comfortable fighting in the 51 kg division.

“I am comfortable in both 48 and 51 kg categories. The Olympics does not have the 48 kg and  so I had to perforce change to 51. The boxers in 51kg category are bigger, taller and stronger. At first it was a little difficult, but with time I got used to it. Fighting in the new category at the Asian Games has given me a lot of confidence and now my target is to do well at the World Championships as well,” Mary Kom said.  “I did a lot of hard-work, I have worked on my weaknesses and tried to sort out some of the glitches over the past year.
This year the World Championships will be different. I like taking up new challenges and that is my driving force.”

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