Mary Kom ensured a fourth medal for India as she punched her way into the semifinals of the London Olympics flyweight (48-51 kgs) boxing competition with a resounding 15-6 win against Tunisia's Maroua Rahali at the Excel Arena on Monday afternoon.
The victory ensured that Mary will not return empty handed from London, a destination that has seen the introduction of women's boxing for the first time in the Olympic programme.
"It was a good bout that Mary fought today. Cool, calculative and she knew exactly what to do," said men's coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu, who turned up at the boxing arena to watch the quarterfinal match-up.
"Vijender (who fights late on Monday in a 75 kg quarterfinal bout versus Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan) has to do something similar," added Singh.
Mary has set up a semifinal clash versus of Great Britain's Nicola Adams on Wednesday. The No. 2 seeded black boxer, who received a first-round bye, was equally emphatic when she defeated Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria 16-7. Nicola has a better win-loss record against Mary in this weight category.