Through this write up we are tracing the profile, carrier and biography of Indian women Boxer, Mary Kom.

Mary Kom Biography

MC Mary Kom has been the face of Indian Boxing without a doubt in her credibility. A woman and a mother who set out to prove to the world that Boxing was not only a sport for men. She has showcased her talent to the world and is an eight-time world champion in Boxing. Women in India have not been given much support when fulfilling their dreams and ambitions if it is beyond the walls of their homes. But, time and again, she went beyond the stereotypes and exhibited her valor.

Magnificent Mary is the nickname given to her for the successful career that she had in Boxing. In 2012, she was the only female Indian boxer to qualify for the Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal and made her nation proud. Her home state Manipur awarded her with the title of "MeethoiLeima," which translates to a remarkable lady, in 2018.

Mary Kom Biography

MC Mary Kom Career

  • Mary Kom was born into a low-income family to parents who are farmers on the north-eastern side of India. Given her surroundings, she faced many objections due to her career choice. But despite her family's concerns, she relocated to the city, persuaded a regional trainer to accept her, and eventually rose to the position of a champion boxer.
  • After her marriage, she took a break when she birthed her first child. This break was difficult, but she accepted the challenge that came with being a mother and a sportsperson.
  • Mary Kom has a movie about her, starring Priyanka Chopra, that showed the difficulties of being a woman and taking on a sport that one always deemed fit for men. The movie portrayed her struggles as a female in the world of sports, and people were discriminatory toward her.
  • Another highlight of the movie showcased women's talent if given the right opportunity and path to emit their talent.
  • As a mother and a fighter, she illustrates the image of women's empowerment, giving the young generation an example to live by. As of now, she runs a boxing club in her hometown where she trains young people for free to prepare them for a bright future.
  • As a former member of the Indian Upper House (Rajya Sabha), she propagated for the rights of her citizens and their future. In addition, she stood up for the cause of sports and how every dreamer in this field should be given a chance to demonstrate their talent.

Achievements and Awards of Mary Kom

Mary Kom has had many firsts as an Indian female sportsperson. She carries the title of a supermom with the display of her strength both in the ring and in life. Her fierceness and dedication to the sport have led her to win 19 international medals as she dominated the ring for a long time. In 2013, Mary Kom was awarded the Padma Bhushan; in 2020, she was honored with the Padma Vibhushan.

National Awards

  • Major Dayan Chand Khel Ratna Award (2009)
  • Padma Shri (2006)
  • Arjuna Award (2003)

Mary Kom, with her medal tally, has brought a lot of fame to the country. Here are some of her international medals:

These are some of Mary Kom's medals in her career as a boxer.

  • Mary Kom gained recognition in 2001 when she became the first Indian female to win a silver medal in World Boxing Championship.
  • Mary gave birth to her first children through a C section which impacted her body. Some believed that her performance in the ring would be the same, but some thought she would not be able to achieve what she did before her pregnancy.
  • A year after her return, she proved her strength lay in her mindset and that her body had not failed her. Her career graph only rose after this as it set the bar high for everybody.
  • In the recent episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), while on the hot seat, she talked about her struggles of being a female boxer and a mother at the same time.