'Mother' Mary does it again, wins historic sixth World Championships title

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Outclassing her women opponents, Mary equalled the record of six World Championships gold medals set by Cuba's male boxer Felix Savon.

Manipur was celebrating on Saturday as the sports-mad state watched boxing icon MC Mary Kom win her record sixth world championships title in New Delhi. Hanna is 22 years old, while Mary Com is 35 years old. Making her first World Championships final appearance, Sonia managed to seal a silver medal to end India's campaign on a high.

Notably, Mary had won a silver on her world championship debut in 2001 and then went on to win the tournament in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018. Of course, she was already in a league of her own before Saturday when the arena rent with chants of "Mary-Mary" and "India-India" as she beat Ukraine's Hanna Okhota with a unanimous verdict.

This is the sixth world championship title of Mary Kom, & her eighth medal at the World Championship. "Only what I can achieve (for) you - that is the gold medal for our country".

"I am still dreaming about winning the gold in 2020", she quipped. The first round clearly belonged to Mary Kom and all the judges gave points in her favour.

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The women's world championship has been running for 17 years.

Speaking at the official press conference, Mary Kom recalled her participation in the New Delhi event held in 2006.

The second round was the most closely contested one with Mary Kom going for more attack. What an achievement... the first female boxer to win the #WorldChampionship for an unprecedented 6th time!

Having been away from the boxing ring for a long time, Mary returned to competitive boxing and the 48 kg category only previous year. Later they traded a flurry of blows but soon Mary regrouped to punch her right and left while Okhota was stand still. Especially for me, in the contingent, to cheer for us.

"I will try my best in the final". I cannot give you back, I don't have anything... what I can give you is gold for the country, " she further added. The only Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.