While most of us grind hard at the gym for months in order to lose some weight, whereas the task of shedding weight is a cakewalk for India's boxing champion, Mary Kom. The veteran pugilist revealed that she shed two kilos in a matter of hours at the recently concluded Silesian Open boxing tournament for women in Poland.
Prior to her bout, Mary Kom weighed a little over than 48 kgs at the general weigh-in and faced the risk of being disqualified. Instead, the Olympic medalist took the challenge upon her and went on to win her third gold medal of the year.
"We landed in Poland at around 3-3:30 in the morning and the general weigh-in was at around 7:30 am. I was a couple of kilograms above 48kg, the category I compete in, at that point," Mary Kom told PTI in an interview after returning from Poland.
While losing 2kgs in 4 hours seems like a daunting task, but not for Mary Kom at least, who reveals of how she confronted this challenge. "So, I had roughly four hours to shed that or I would have been disqualified for being over-weight at the time of general weigh-in. But I did skipping for an hour at a stretch and just like that, I was ready," she added.
Mary Kom was among the 13 Indian woman-boxers to have claimed medals in Poland. Even at the age of 35-year-old, the diminutive Manipuri has shown no signs of slowing down. She also speaks about how despite being a mother of three children, she manages to stay focused to the sport.
“I am never satisfied with how I perform, I am always looking to work out new strategies. I am obsessive but not overly aggressive. I like to conserve in a bout. I always like to study my opponents and then dismantle them bit by bit"
While she gives her 100% for the country every time she steps into the ring, she is glad to have her husband as her best friend to ensure her obsession doesn't take a toll on her. “Onler is my rock. It is because of him that I can be this obsessive about my sport and it is because of him that I manage to never cross the unhealthy line when it comes to obsession.”