Mary Kom entered the semi-final bout as an underdog due to the enormous physicality and reach of Kim Hyang-Mi but the Indian ace showed quick feet movement and ducked several punches thrown at her by the North Korean boxer.
The 35-year-old five-time world champion beat her North Korean opponent in the semifinals.
She has previously won gold medals in the world championships held in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. This is a remarkable feat for Sonia, who is playing in the World Championships for the first time and her win was a tribute to her superior defensive technique against the North Korean, who had secured silver in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
"The last time we met, it was a one-sided bout in the Asian Championships". So it is always tough when you play a taller opponent, due to their reach they have the advantage.
India, however, suffered a jolt as the second semifinalist of the day, Lovlina lost 4-0 to Chen Nien-Chin of Taipei, who had won a bronze in the 2016 World Championships in 75kg. "But once inside the ring, I don't care whether my opponent is tall or not, I play my game", she added.
Mary Kom has enjoyed a stellar year so far, claiming gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the inaugural India Open and an global tournament in Poland.
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"My opponent was taller than me and strong also". At present, Mary and Katie Taylor of Ireland have both five titles each but the Indian will have the opportunity to be in a league of her own on Saturday. "I have worked with the coaches and have a plan in place to counter her", Mary described her semifinal bout after a strenuous practice session earlier today. "But both of us know about each other's style, but I am confident of winning because I have worked with the coaches on strategies", said Sonia.
May has no surprises in store as she meets Hyang Mi Kim again.
"According to me, the bout was all right but not that good as I would have expected".
Debutant Lovlina's "ultimate goal is to win gold here". But I gave my 100 per cent. "I am happy that I am in the final".
"I have worked hard and am prepared well for my bout", she said. "After CWG this is my first global event and I wanted to win gold here", the Assam girl said. Sonia faces North Korea's Jo Son Hwa while Simranjit had China's Dan Dou as her opponent.