Mary Kom symbolizes women empowerment since she not only distinguished herself as a recognized national athlete but also became a female role model for women and young girls all over the world. She was the first woman from India to compete in boxing at the 2012 Olympics, and she was given the honor of carrying the tricolor following her performance.
She was the first woman to qualify for the London Olympics, as well as the first Indian woman to earn a bronze medal in boxing. Through her tenacity and drive, Mary became an example for women when she defied the notion that married women, particularly mothers, cannot be great athletes.
The legendary boxer is still going strong and will be featuring in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 which might be her swansong.
On that note, let’s take a look at three boxers who can be Mary’s successors.
Three boxers who can succeed Mary Kom
Nikhat Zareen impressed everyone at a young age as she managed to win the Gold at the AIBA Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championships 2011. Following this, she clinched several other titles such as Gold at the 2014 Nations Cup and 2015 Senior Women Championship.
She recently won a Silver medal at the 2019 Thailand Open International Tournament and Gold at the 2019 Strabdja Memorial Boxing tournament in the flyweight category and is looking like a promising player to succeed Mary.
Lovlina Borgohain is an Indian Welterweight boxer who has won World Boxing Championships as well as the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. She earned the gold medal in the first India Open International Boxing Tournament and the silver medal in the second India Open International Boxing Tournament.
Lovlina will be representing India in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 alongside Mary. She is the first Assamese woman to qualify for the Olympics and will be looking to grab a medal at the mega event.
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Jamuna is an Indian boxer who competes in the Bantamweight category. She has won a bronze medal at the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, gold medals at the 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament, and at the 23rd President’s Cup 2019 Boxing International Open Tournament.
The Assamese boxer has an orthodox stance and is an aspiring talent who can be a true predecessor of Mary.
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