Five-time world champion Mary Kom had a perfect start in the Asian Boxing Championship, where she beat Thailand’s Indoor Asian Games gold medallist Laopeam Peamwilai 6:4 here on Tuesday.
Mary Kom has moved up from her customary 48 kg to the Olympic 51 kg weight category.
Although the Thai boxer was slightly taller than Indian boxer it was mental domination by Mary that gave her a lead of 2:1 points by the end of Round 1.
In Round 2 the lead was increased to 3:1 but in Round 3 the Thai girl came back strongly to reduce the deficit but Mary still lead 4:3. Round 4 was a tactical victory for Mary as she delivered two crisp blows towards the end and she romped home the winner on points 6:4.
She now meets Nandinsetseg Myagmardul of Mongolia in the quarterfinals on March 22.
The 6th Asian Women Boxing Championships with 92 boxers representing 19 countries got underway on Monday at the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator. Indian boxers had a bye on the first day.
In the 57 kg, Mandakini Chanu of India defeated Rahemi Sadaf of Afghanistan by Referee stopping the contest in the fourth round as Mandakini was far superior to the Afghan girl. She will now meet Korea’s Kil Ok Kim on Thursday.
On Wednesday, 21 four Indian boxers are in the fray, namely Pinki Jangra (48 kg), Sonia Lather (54 kg), Sarita Devi (60 kg), Meena Rani (64 kg).