Mary Kom (L) exchanges blows with Miguelina Garcia women’s flyweight on day two of the Tokyo Olympics at the Kokugikan Arena. – Getty Images

India had a mixed assortment of results in the Tokyo Olympics boxing arena on Sunday. Six-time world champion and bronze medalist at the London Olympics, M.C. Mary Kom won her first round match, while World Cup third Manish Kaushik was eliminated despite a brave show.

Mary began her quest for a second Olympic medal, fending off a tough challenge from Miguliena Garcia of the Dominican Republic for one To achieve a 4-1 victory and to reach the pre-quarter finals of the women with 51 kg.

She will take on the bronze medalist of the Olympic Games and the third seeded Ingrit Valencia from Colombia.

38-year-old Mary went up against an opponent 15 years her junior, boxing from a distance and moving well to land the perfect head jabs. Miguliena responded with a couple of straight punches in the first round.

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Mary reinforced her attack with her kicks and combinations of punches, while Garcia countered strongly in the second round.

After Mary was ahead in two rounds with an identical 3-2 judgment, Mary closed some Flawless shots to have a clear advantage in the third run. Miguel did her best before he left the Olympics.

Manish went down 4-1 against European silver medalist and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Luke McCormack of Great Britain in a 63kg opening round.

McCormack showed off his beautiful combinations against Manish’s single shots, mostly aimed at his rival’s body, to win the first round 3-2.

Manish switched gears to mix his powerful head and body shots and im next to stay 3-2 ahead. The British boxer won the duel after the tightly contested final, in which the blows of both opponents were exchanged.

McCormack will face third-seeded and two-time world champion Andy Cruz from Cuba in the next round.

Ref: https://sportstar.thehindu.com