Emotions are the biggest strength of a champion boxer and one should wear it on her sleeves, feels the new boxing sensation from Assam-Jamuna Boro who clinched a World Championship medal on her very first attempt.
"I had worked hard for this medal. Very Hard. If you ask me am I happy. I would say Happy but not very Happy. How can you be very happy with a bronze? I will be very happy if the color of the medal turned yellow," Jamuna told Republic TV in an exclusive interview on her return from the World Championship.
"My strength is my attacking game and I played an attacking game in the tournament but it did pay off in the semi-finals. Yes, I still feel I could have done better and reach the finals," she added.
She felt that her strong emotions for life and sport had helped her grow from strength to strength and express herself inside the ring. "I cry a lot and I laugh a lot. I am expressive and that really helps me. Boxing is my passion and I fight passionately."
Recalling her struggle, Jamuna said she was not supported by her father in any way but her mother kept her dreams alive. "I am here because of my mother. She always supported and backed me. So I dedicate this medal to her."
India Open winner Jamuna Boro had an assured performance against Germany's Ursula Gottlob to register a 4-1 triumph in the 54kg quarter-finals. Boro, who also won a gold at the Indonesia President's Cup, Boro was put to a stern test in the semis as she faced the top seed and former Asian Games bronze medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei and lost the semis 1-4. Now, she wants to move on.
"I need to qualify for the Olympics. I know I can still improve a lot. Everyone wants to win an Olympic medal. I also wish to won that yellow medal at the top level." She said.