India’s MC Mary Kom suffered a loss in the women’s semi-finals of the 51 kg category against Busananj Karikoglu of Turkey in the World Women’s Boxing Championship here. With this defeat, six-time world champion Mary had to be content with the bronze medal this time. Karikoglu defeated the Indian player 4–1.
The Indian player started off strongly against the second seed Karikoglu. In the first round, Mary tested her opponent’s move and took all her time. Mary did not get too aggressive and easily dodged Karikoglu’s jab. Marie took an attacking stance against the European champion in the second bout from the very beginning. He employed many jabs and hooks. The Indian player managed to take his opponent to the ring several times. However, both players did not get much success and the contest was a thorn.
The third round started well for Karikoglu. He scored a number of important points with a strong jab and hook. The Turkish player looked aggressive and had trouble with Mary. After the bout was over, the five judges ruled in favor of Caricoglu 28–29, 30–27, 29–28, 29–28, 30–27. Mary has been a six-time world champion in the 48 kg category and this is her first medal at the World Championship in the 51 kg category.