Boxing’s Sportswoman Mary Kom

1 year ago / by Team SEEMA
Mary Kom

About Mary Kom

Nicknamed “Magnificent Mary,” Mary Kom is the proud owner of Eight World Championship Medals, a feat extraordinary for both men and woman. Achieving the World Amateur Boxing Champion for a record of six times, she is the only woman to accomplish this.

Between 2001 and 2006, she won the AIBA, The International Boxing Association (IBA), world boxing championship in 2002, 2005 and 2006, and came second in 2001.

 Mary Kom Biography

Born as India’s Chungneijang in 1982, her parents were poor. Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom were tenant farmers; they worked the jhum fields of shifting cultivation. While going to school, Mary helped in the fields. She later learned athletics, which eventually led her to boxing.

In school, Mary played hockey, football and other sports, but did not do boxing. Boxing had consideration as a masculine sport at the time. When the Manipuri boxer Dingko Singh won gold at the Asian Games in 1998, she became inspired to take up boxing. Boxing still had consideration as a male sport, but she continued to learn and train, in spite of her tribal beginnings. Traveling by train to Imphal, she succeeded past her dreams, under the direction of M. Narjit Singh at Manipur State Boxing. Mary Kom now teaches youngsters her sport for free. She is the proud recipient of many awards.

Mary Kom’s Awards and Achievements

She received the Arjuna Award in 2003 by the Government of India. It was for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games and is the second-highest sporting honour of India.

In 2007, she had a naming by the Limca Book of Records as “People of the Year.” A Real Heroes Award by CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’ followed in 2008. The year 2008 saw Mary Kom given the title of “Magnificent Mary” by the International Boxing Association. She received the Real Heroes Award by CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries in 2008, as well. She was also a Pepsi MTV Youth Icon of the Year by MTV in India.

2009 saw her receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by the Government of India. That year, she became the International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing.

She earned the Sportswoman of the Year Award by Sahara India in 2010. A year later, in 2011, she won the Gold Medal in the 48 kg category at Asian Cup Women’s Boxing Tournament.

The Summer Olympics, held in London in 2012, saw Mary Kom as the winner of the Bronze Medal in the 51 kg category. Two years later, at the Asian Games in 2014, she received a Gold medal in the Flyweight 51 kg category. Mary also won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games of 2018 in the 48 kg category.

The year 2018 is when she snagged the title of AIBA Women’s World Championship 2018, her sixth world title. In doing so, she was thus the first female boxer to accomplish six world titles.

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She received decoration with India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2010, the Padma Shri. A few years later, in 2013, Mary received the Padma Bhushan—the third highest civilian award in India, for her sports achievements.

She is the only Indian female boxer to qualify for and win a medal in the Olympics.

Mary is a enthusiastic supporter of animal rights, with an association with PETA in India.

Mary Kom net worth is approximately approximately $1 million in 2021. Regarding earnings, endorsements and awards, she is the first amateur to to surpass several professional athletes in India.


Who is Mary Kom married to?

She has a marriage to K (Karung) Onkholer Kom. They have three children.

Where is Mary Kom born?

Her birth date is November 24, 1982, and the place of birth was Kagathei village, Moirang Lamkhai in the Churachandpur district of rural Manipur in India. Mary Kom’s age in 2022 is 40 years.

When did Mary Kom start her career?

She had her first win in 2000. Mary received the Best Boxer Award at the First State Level Invitation at the women’s boxing championship in Manipur.

Where is she from?

She is from Kangathei, Manipur in India.