Four-time World champion boxer M.C. Mary Kom is gearing up to make it five-in-a row at the women's World boxing championship, scheduled to be held in Barbados in September.
However, this time the challenge is to take the ring in a higher weight category, 48kg, instead of her familiar 46kg.
After women's boxing was included in the London Olympics, weights have been shuffled in both men's and women's boxing. As a result, the 46kg weight has been dropped from the women's competition.
Mary Kom believes her ability to overcome the odds will help her retain the World crown.
“In this World championship, I have to fight in the 48kg class. I will use my experience to click here,” she said at a function here on Friday, where she was named the brand ambassador for Herbalife for one year.
Focus on diet
The star woman boxer said she had been focusing on proper diet and practising hard in the newer weight. “I am consulting a dietician as I need to keep my weight up,” she said.
Twenty-seven-year-old Mary Kom's ultimate dream is to achieve success in the Olympics and she is prepared to do maximum sacrifices for it.
“To get a medal in the Olympics is my sole aim now. I am fully focused for that. Besides, the Asian Games is another event where I want to prove myself,” she said.
Asked if it would be easier for her to win a gold medal in the Asian Games, Mary Kom said, “I take all competitions seriously. It is good to be confident, but bad to be over-confident. Most of our girls lose because of over-confidence.”
The Manipuri boxer said it would be great for women boxers of the country if they got a foreign coach.
She, however, thanked the Indian Boxing Federation for giving more attention to women athletes now.
Meanwhile, Mary Kom was glad that her residential academy, home for around 15 aspiring girls, set up in Imphal in 2007 had started getting support from various quarters.
“I started the academy with the money I got from an awards function. The Army, CRPF and now the Sports Authority of India (SAI) have extended support,” she said.