’Mary Kom was not allowed to exhibit natural game’
Story Dated: Thursday, August 9, 2012 7:55 hrs IST
Jamshedpur: M C Mary Kom was not allowed opportunity to exhibit her natural game as Great Britain's Nicola Adams forced her to go defensive, felt international pugilists after the star Indian woman boxer settled for bronze at the London Olympics.
Mary Kom settled for the bronze medal after losing her 51kg semifinal bout 6-11 against world number two Adams.
"I have been watching the match and I can certainly say it was not her natural game as the sharpness in her punches and her excellent foot work were missing from the beginning," said 2011 China Asian Championship bronze medallist Laxmi Padia.
Expressing disappointment over today's outcome, Padia said it seemed Mary Kom was looking for opportunities to score rather than going offensive, which was her natural approach in the ring.
Padia said it was Mary Kom who made the world recognise Indian women's mettle in boxing.
Former world champion woman boxer Aruna Mishra blamed Mary's defensive approach for the loss against Adams.