London: India's Mary Kom put in another fine performance in the ring on Monday to assure India of another medal as she knocked aside Tunisia's Maroua Rahali, thereby moving into the women’s flyweight (51kg) category semi-finals.
The 29-year-old five-time world champion won her bout 15-6, having dominated from the start. She exhibited a great show in the ring, winning each four rounds to claim an unbeatable nine-point advantage. She has assured herself of a historic Olympic medal with this win.
Mary was on the defensive side in the first two rounds which she won 2-1, 3-2 respectively. In the third round, the crowd got to see the better of Mary Kom as she thumped back-to-back punches at her opponent who was taken by surprise.
The 11-4 scoreline in the third round was the decisive lead that Mary needed as it is never easy to erase a 7-point deficit without a knock-out.
The last round was all about keeping her cool although Mary at times got tempted to punch her opponent at the back of her head inviting caution from the referee. Still she managed to clinch the round with a 4-2 score and the final margin of 15-6 was certainly a convincing way to get into the semi-final.