Mary Kom leads Punjab Panthers to the second consecutive victory in the Indian Boxing League
GREATER NOIDA: The celebrated Mary Kom he won his combat in a dominant way as Punjab Panthers scored his second successive victory in the Big Bout Indian Boxing League hitting Bombay Bullets 5-2 on Thursday.
Mary Kom won by a unanimous decision against 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Ingrit Lorena Valencia .
Manoj Kumar's defeat at the hands of Bombay Bullets ' Naveen Boora in the 69kg bout of the night meant that the two captains stepped into the ring with much more than academic interest left in the match.
And, Mary Kom did enough to impress the judges in each of three rounds to beat the Colombian like she did in the World Championship last year.
Uzbekistan's Youth Olympic Games champion Abdulmalik Khalakov and PL Prasad had given Punjab Panthers a head start.
Khalakov held sway in the 57kg bout against Asian silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht. The 19-year-old dodged a left hook and landed a left straight smack on the Bombay Bullets boxer's face to enforce a standing count in the second round to seal the deal.
Prasad, who suffered a setback on opening night, redeemed himself using his speed to counter Anant Chopade's longest range. Young Manisha, replacing Sonia Lather, who is in national service in the South Asia Games In Kathmandu, he maintained the momentum with an easy victory against Spain's Melissa Noemí González in the women's 60 kg.
Once Mary Kom sealed the match in Punjab Panthers ' favour, Naveen Kumar eked out a 3-2 verdict against Spaniard Emmanuel Reyas in the 91kg bout before Bombay Bullets gained another consolation win through Prayag Chauhan who beat the 18-year-old Mohit in the 75kg bout through a split decision.
Earlier, in a combative 69kg contest, 20-year-old Naveen Boora did not let Manoj Kumar's reputation come in the way of getting Bombay Bullets their first taste of victory.
By putting his height and reach with good results against the experienced Manoj Kumar, Naveen Boora impressed with his ring ability and his courage. The match was awarded 4-1 to Naveen Boora.
Mary Kom, the Punjab Panthers captain, won the toss and blocked the youth women's 57kg bout. Sapna Sharma was one of the two Punjab Panthers boxers who had lost their bouts against Odisha Warriors on the opening night.
Sapna would have had to fight against the National Youth finalist, Priya Kushwaha. The option to block a fight allows teams to put the strategy into play.