Olympic bronze medal winning boxer M.C. Mary Kom is planning to resume her training in the boxing ring next year.
Mary Kom, who is busy endorsing brands, making guest appearances on television shows and giving motivational talks after her success in the London Games, said she was looking ahead at important assignments in the next few years.
“People are happy with my achievement and they are honouring me. I want to support different schools and colleges and share my happiness with everybody. There are no major competitions this year. So, I will start training after the New Year,” said Mary Kom at a felicitation function here where she promoted Bolero, an SUV from the Mahindra stable, on Thursday.
On the possibility of her participation in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (where women’s boxing will be one of the disciplines), the five-time world champion said, “I will be ready to fight in major events like the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the Olympics. I will try my best to get selected for the Commonwealth Games. There are a lot of good boxers in India and the competition is really tough.”
Mary Kom asserted that she had not changed as a person despite enjoying the status of an icon. “Life has changed. I have got people’s love, many awards and vehicles. People call me to schools and colleges in various states. I am busy with a lot of travelling and felicitations… But Mary Kom is Mary Kom.”
Amid her hectic schedule, Mary Kom has not lost touch with her fitness regimen. “I am a professional boxer. Both physically and mentally I am fit enough. Whenever I get time, I train,” she said.
Mary Kom said she would look forward to avenging her loss to British boxer Nicola Adams in the Olympics.