On Sunday night, the six-time world champion, MC Mary Kom, from India, the worst fears became a reality when she lost to Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay in the 51 kg final for the Asian Championships for men and women in Dubai. has. Not only did Kyzaibay bring a giant of the sport under pocket money, but she also broke the hearts of millions of Indian fans who idolized the boxer from the north-eastern state of Manipur. Kom, who is seen as a big medal prospect for the Indian group at the Tokyo Olympics, is expected to win the gold in Dubai, but she has learned that nothing in the cruel world of boxing can be taken for granted. does not become. India’s pride was so devastated by its defeat against Kyzaibay, that she broke down in tears in the warm – up area while seeking the comfort of her coaches and technical staff. The loss on Saturday was the worst thing a fighter could overcome who used the Dubai event as a warm-up for a shot at an elusive Olympic gold medal during the July 23 extravaganza in Japan. The way I saw it was this setback for Come both good and bad news, because she wanted to keep her Olympic hope alive. Even the biggest names in the box turned around just to pick themselves up and come back stronger. This is what Come fans will hope to see. But at the age of 38, does she still have the hunger and ability to fight adversity and make history as the oldest winner of the gold medal at the Olympics? It seems like a tough call. Granted, Come is a wonderful boxer, as her numerous achievements will show, which raises the question – time has caught up with her. Maybe it seems like she’s a little bit reluctant to assert herself on Saturday night, with a lack of confidence and the lack of speed needed to complicate an opponent.
On the contrary, Kyzaibay is teeming with enthusiasm, even though she was on the wrong side of the exchange during a back-and-forth first two rounds. But she tackled it in the final round and took the fight to Come and completely convinced the judges to vote in her favor. “I try to inspire myself mostly,” Kyzaibay told Gulf News. “Mary Come has always been my idol. And one day fighting in the ring against someone who inspired you feels strange – almost unreal. But I kept everything I knew about her away, stayed focused, even when things were not going my way, and kept myself completely motivated throughout the fight. ‘I fought my battle, but she did not. I knew I would win no matter if I was the underdog. It may have seemed close to some, but I finally got the decision. I want to say sorry to the many Indians who were disappointed with Mary Kom’s loss, but she was not the warrior I knew and admired for so many years. ‘ Meanwhile, Aziz Kozhambetov, the former director of the Asian Boxing Confederation, who is currently the chief adviser to Kassym-Jomart K. Tokayev, president of the Republic of Kazakhstan, praised international relations, the UAE host and the Kazakh women’s team that won eight has some of the ten gold medals presented in the Asian Championships. “I know how difficult it was to organize this event on such short notice after Delhi (India) was unable to host due to the pandemic,” he said. ‘But the UAE authorities have shown their solidarity by presenting the championship in a very professional way. The boxing world is proud of you, but the UAE is very proud of it. ‘I have to be honest to say that I was a little disappointed with the performances of the Indian girls, a lot was expected of them, but the girls from my country made a profit to give dominant performances and a record of eight to win gold medals. “This is a historic achievement and speaks well for the growth of boxing in our country.” A total of 150 boxers, including 47 women, are taking part in the championships for which the AIBA awarded $ 400,000 in prize money.