London: After Vijender Singh exited on Monday night from the boxing competition losing his 75 kg quarterfinal against Uzbekistan’s Abbos Atoev, India’s hopes of winning gold or silver from the Excel Arena now rest with Mary Kom.
The 29-year-old, who is participating in the women’s 51 kg category, will fight one of the biggest bouts of her career when she takes on Great Britain’s Nicola Adams on Wednesday afternoon. Nicola is the second seed here.
In an exclusive interview, Mary said: “I am not worried. My toughest fight was the first one against Poland’s Karolina Michalczuk. I have fought Nicola before and I am quite confident. It will be a close fight for sure.”
Nicola, who defeated Mary in their last fight in the world championship by a small margin of two points, has accepted the India’s challenge. After she defeated Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria quite convincingly at the Excel Arena on Monday afternoon, Nicola said: She is a good opponent. She is five-time world champion and you have to be special to do that. I am hoping when we box that I'll have that bit extra."