Asian Games boxing: Mary Kom punches her way into semi-final

November 22nd, 2010 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Guangzhou, Nov 22 (IANS) India’s four-time world champion Mary Kom crushed Meng Chieh Ping of Chinese Taipei 16-2 to move into the semi-final of 48-51 kg women’s boxing in the Asian Games here Monday.

Mary Kom, who got a bye in the first round, will next face China’s Ren Cancan who defeated Nepal’s Sanju Lama 10-0, for a place in the final.

The Manipur mother of twins is a strong contender for gold and proved her supremacy with a power-packed performance against Ping.

The nimble-footed Mary Kom opened up a 3-0 lead in the first round and then rained punches in the second to extend her lead to 8-0. Keeping her guard lower, Mary Kom invited Meng to attack, but anticipated her opponent’s move brilliantly. Having opened up Meng, Mary Kom then went all out attacking to score points.

The fight was almost over for Ping who managed two points in the third round against Mary Kom’s three.

The Indian was in no mood to give her opponent any freebies and added five more points to her tally to warm up for the semi-final.

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