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‘May go to pro but…’ Mary Kom reveals her plans amid future speculations

‘May go to pro but…’ Mary Kom reveals her plans amid future speculations

The six-time World Boxing Champion has been out of action since she sustained an ACL injury during a selection trial for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Mary Kom, India’s Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer has not ruled out turning professional in the near future after the veteran admitted that she is no longer eligible to compete in amateur boxing because of age limitations. Boxers over 40 are barred from competing in amateur boxing, and Mary is now 41 years old.

The six-time World Boxing Champion has been out of action since she sustained an ACL injury during a selection trial for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. However, she is yet to officially hang up her boots. 

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“If I say from my heart, I am still hungry to do something. I still want to compete and represent the country. But I am not being able to compete from this year because of age limit,” Mary Kom told news agency PTI on the sidelines of the inaugural Khelo India Para Games on Monday.

“But I will still try to do something relating to boxing. (I) May go to pro but don’t know yet what I will do. I still have the spirit to play one to two years or even four years,” she added.

Mary Kom also heaped praises on the para athletes, saying she gets inspired by their successes.

'May go to pro but...' Mary Kom reveals her plans amid speculation about her future

“We respect you from the heart, we are inspired by your success through your struggles. Whatever I have achieved for the country seems to be very less as compered to what you have achieved. Seeing you guys has given me more strength, more energy. You para athletes are my real heroes. I wish you win more and more medals for the country,” she said.

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