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.
Tokyo Olympic Games: India Highlights: Mary Kom, Manika Batra win; Manish Kaushik, G. Sathiyan is knocked out
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.