Gold Coast (Australia): Veteran Indian star M.C. Mary Kom defeated Anusha Dilruksh of Sri Lanka to enter the final of the women's 48 kilogram category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Wednesday.
Mary's experience and superior technique stood her in good stead as she carved out a unanimous 5:0 verdict against the veteran Sri Lankan fighter. The 39-year-old Anusha gave a good account of herself against the five-time world champion Indian before falling short in the end. Both boxers were a bit cautious in the opening round, trying to gauge each other although Mary managed to land several punches. Although the Lankan had the height and reach advantage, Mary used a low guard and used her reflexes and feet movement to take the advantage. Both boxers were equally matched in the second round before the tempo picked up in the third as Mary picked up the points with a steady barrage of punches.