If I could maintain my fitness level, no one could beat me, says Mary Kom

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If I could maintain my fitness level, no one could beat me, says Mary Kom

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SportsCafe Desk

11/10/2017

After winning gold in the Asian Boxing Championship, London Olympics medalist Mary Kom has claimed that if she maintains her fitness level, nobody can beat her. The win proved that she has plenty of game left in her tank and now she is aiming for gold in the next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Mary Kom defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the Asian Boxing Championships to win her fifth gold medal in the tournament’s history and sixth medal overall. It was a fantastic achievement for her as she was out of the ring for quite a long time. But, this thing didn’t bother the Indian boxer as she stated that she was confident about her fitness regime and training.

“Honestly, making this comeback wasn't that tough. Since it was the 48-kg category and I have spent most part of my career fighting in that bracket, I knew that if I had prepared well, it would be easier for me. Generally, people find comebacks tough, and yes, they can be extremely tough. But even when I was away from boxing all this while - three years to be exact - I had made it a point to train every day for at least 45 minutes, either morning or evening. There have been other stuff too that required my attention such as my boxing academy and being the member of the athletes commission. And even though, I would dedicate my time to all of those things, boxing was always at the back of my mind. I knew that I could not afford to miss a beat and hence, I trained accordingly. I never stopped training. As the tournament grew closer, I increased my training time gradually. I knew that if I could maintain my fitness level, no one could beat me. In the hindsight, I believe it was a good decision to have not given up,” Mary Kom told TOI.

Asian Boxing Championships was the first big tournament for her in three years which she played at the age of 34. In the 2012 London Olympics, she won the bronze medal for India but failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics. This failure gave a chance to the critics to raise questions about her ability but Mary Kom gave the answer in her own way. After the brilliant comeback, now the Manipuri boxer is focusing on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and doesn't want to lose her sleep over the participation at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Well I haven't really given Tokyo a serious thought, but if I were to qualify, I would prefer taking part in the 48kg category. There's still some time to go so perhaps 48kg will become an Olympic category. But currently, my aim is to win gold in next year's CWG. People question me asking whether I can do it at 35 and although that might put unnecessary pressure on other athletes, it doesn't really bother me much. I always enjoy myself and do not stress much. Even my method of training is similar. I don't get worked up much and sometimes train with the music on. So yeah, let me see how the CWG fares and maybe then I can take a call at Tokyo Olympics,” she revealed.

Earlier, Mary Kom decided to drop down her category from flyweight (51 kg) to light flyweight (48 kg) as she claimed that she feels comfortable in this weight category. She continued her training according to the plans and didn’t stop her training even though she was not competing in major tournaments.

“I need to avoid injuries. I don't feel that I've slowed down or my reflexes aren't as quick like they used to be but once you enter the mid-30s, the bones tend to become slightly weaker and chances of getting injured are more. I have altered my training; not much, just a bit. The core of it has remained the same. Just some minor tweaks here and there. Boxing is a physical sport and you need to maintain your body well. I'm just glad that I never stopped training so that I never had any sort of rust. Had I neglected training, that would have been it,” she said.

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