Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) and Kavita Goyat (75kg) assured India of at least two bronze medals in women's boxing by advancing into the semifinals with contrasting wins at the Asian Games, here on Monday.
Mary Kom, a Khel Ratna awardee and nicknamed 'Magnificent Mary' for her unprecedented five world titles, out-slugged Chieh Meng Ping of Chinese Taipei 16-2. She will face China's Cancan Ren, who defeated Nepal's Sanju Lama 10-0. Kavita (75kg), however, had to put up with stiff resistance from Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan before coming out trumps 8-7.
However, it was heartbreak for Preeti Beniwal (60kg) who had to concede her bout against Thai Tassamalee Thongjan after twisting her knee midway through the third round. Beniwal was trailing 0-3. Mary Kom was in destructive form on Monday against a hapless rival who was scurrying for cover as the Indian rained blows.
Santhosh in semis
Pugilist V Santhosh Kumar assured India of one more bronze after advancing to the semifinals of the 64-kg category with a hard-fought victory over Mangolia's Tuvshinbat Byamba here on Monday. Confusion prevailed after the scores were tied 3-3 at the end of third and final round, but Santhosh was declared winner on the decision of judges.
Meanwhile, disappointment was in store for another Indian boxer, Amandeep Singh. He was outclassed 6-1 by Iii Victorio Saludar of the Philippines in the quarterfinals of 49kg category.