Indian boxing star MC Mary Kom’s, who was making a comeback, was eliminated with a quarter-final loss even while Ankush Dahiya progressed to the last-four stage of the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Mary Kom, who was returning to action after a one-year hiatus, fell to an unanimous decision loss to Chol Mi Bang of Korea. The 34-year-old boxer, a five-time world champion and an Olympic bronze-medalist, was unable to establish a stance and connect against her taller opponent and was even warned once for excessive bending.
Mary Kom would be reverting back to the light flyweight 48kg category following her elimination to focus on the Asian Championships in November and the Commonwealth Games next year.
Asian youth silver-medallist Ankush Dahiya and Priyanka Chaudhary, however, won their respective quarterfinal bouts in the men’s and women’s draws respectively to make it to the medal rounds.
While Ankush out-punching Mongolia’s Dulgunn Oyunchimeg, Priyanka defeated Russia’s Aleksandra Ordina. Ankush will be up against Russian Radna Tsibikov in his semi-final clash. Priyanka, on the other hand, will lock horns against Korea’s Hye Song Choe.
In another loss for India, Duryodhan Singh lost to Mongolian Byamba-Erdene Otgonbaatar in his quarterfinal bout to crash out of the event. Also making an exit was Kalawanti ,who lost to Russian Liubov Iusupova.