Magnificent Mary fights many odds to make it big in boxing

New Delhi, March 8: Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte popularly known as Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer hailing from Manipur. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. Nicknamed "Magnificent Mary", she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.

She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category. Mary Kom became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

On 26 April 2016, Kom was nominated by the President of India as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing. Mary Kom won the Gold Medal In Asian Boxing Championship. She defeated Kim Hyang-mi of North Korea in the title match.

News24 salutes the spirit of Mary Kom on Women's Day. Watch video below: