India’s Mary Kom rose to the highest point of the boxing scene rankings Thursday, first female boxer to win six world championships. Kom capped her 2018 campaign with her sixth world championship title after defeating Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota by 5-0 in Delhi. Okhota is ranked number two in the world, with 1100 points.
That triumph took her past Ireland’s Katie Taylor, and level with the men’s record held by Cuban legend Felix Savon as the best pugilist ever at the big showdowns. She additionally won gold decorations at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Silesian Open Boxing Tournament in Poland. She packed away a silver at the Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria.
Kom won a silver at the inaugural women’s world championships in 2001, kickstarting her international career. She went on to win gold in each of the next five world championships. Kom, who was the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She is probably going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as her 48-kg category is excluded in the Games list.