Mary will be a hard nut to crack, says coach

Press Trust of India
Aug 07, 2012 at 11:20pm IST

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand boxing coach Ajit Kumar Singh on Tuesday said five-time world women boxing champion M C Mary Kom will prove a hard nut to crack for Great Britain's Nicola Adams when they lock horns in the semi-finals of the ongoing London Olympics on Wednesday.

"I had been with her for over a month at a camp held in Patiala, where the 29-year-old Manipuri boxer was undergoing training for London Games in February-March last, and I know she will not accept defeat till the last moment irrespective of how strong her rival be," Singh, a former National Games champion in lightweight (60 kgs) category, said.

Apart from her flawless technique, excellent footwork and powerful punches, the most needed quality Mary has is her temperament, which has helped her to rise continuously, Singh, who had won gold medal in 1994 Pune National Games, told PTI.

Mary will be a hard nut to crack, says coach

Jharkhand boxing coach Ajit Kumar Singh said Mary Kom will prove a hard nut to crack for Great Britain's Adams.

"It was her confidence and temperament that led her win a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women's Boxing Championship held in Guwahati, where she participated after two-year break from boxing, and a fourth successive Women's World Boxing Championship in China one and half month later, he said.

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