Women's Boxing Champions - Mary Kom, Olympic Medalist and Mother

Mary Kom, speaking to India's British High Commission.
Mary Kom, speaking to India's British High Commission. | Source

Magnificent Mary and Miss World

When India's Mary Kom won her fourth World Championship boxing tournament in the incredible third round of her match with Germany, she was declared "Magnificent Mary."

The first two rounds were gruesome for the formerly aggressive winner, but she had just learned of the surgery required to repair the heart of one of her young twin boys. Her husband had handled all the child related chores during the surgery, but felt he had to let her know of surgery. She was affected by the news.

In her biographical film, Mary was barely active during her first two rounds, but became alert in the third and final part of the match to hammer her un-sportmanlike opponent, who had a long history of disrespect for other boxers and trainers.

It is difficult for me to watch boxers of any gender as they are pounding or being pounded in the head, but this is their sport of choice.

Mary has loved boxing since childhood and I have not understood why, but I respect her choice. I remember prejudice against me for my practice of martial arts as a woman -- Part of the reason that women continue these sports is to negate the prejudice and belittling of naysayers and to live their own lives. M.C. Mary Kom does that very well.

Mary has won cash for her 2012n Olympic Flyweight Bronze Medal and another $500,000 awarded (as of 2014) in recognition of her achievements by government agencies in India, raising the standard of living of her rice-farming parents, her own family, and her community. She is an inspiration for girls in her state and country. I think she also helps in being an example of good self defense to so many girls ages 8 to 18 who are crime victims.

Who plays Mary Kom in her autobiographical film? - Former Miss World Priyanka Chopra.

Magnificent Mary Kom

Unbreakable -: An Autobiography
Unbreakable -: An Autobiography

Mary Kom is an advocate and example for Indian girls, especially those faced with discrimination and the threat of abduction. One girl between ages of 8 - 18 is stolen every eight minutes in India. Self defense helps and boxing makes money. Mary has been married to a soccer player and hd three sons in recent years, while returning to her training without neglecting her family. Her father, a rice farmer, was a wrestler. Her parent's major concern was with avoiding facial injuries that would make her unmarriageable, but a few bruised cheeks did not scare away the husband who cheers her on.

 

The Biopic

Not many theaters in my large Ohio city have shown this film, but Indian-language films are gaining momentum in Columbus, Ohio. Check your local theaters for screenings of Mary Kom.

The characterizations of Mary's people are entertaining - her parents and little brother, the family cow, her future husband, her coach (who ties her twins to her back for strength), the bigoted local boxing federation head, the women on her national team, and even the boy she used to fight in high school. You will not forget them.

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Mary's autobiographical film is named simply Mary Kom and has English subtitles, as it was shot in Hindi. The dialogue is not difficult to follow, as one becomes accustomed to the subtitles early on.

Increasing numbers of Indian-language films have English subtitles today and I notice that Disney is creating films in India now. I have become a fan of good Indian films and have found a new world of information and entertainment through them.

Mary grew up and lives in Manipur, a northeastern state in India that cannot show her film. A separatist group, the Revolutionary People’s Front, placed a ban on Hindi language films since 2000. They threaten violence to any theater owner that would screen Hindi language films. The ban on Hindi is for preserving local language and culture, but violence is not the way to preserve such things.no

The Wall Street Jourtnal reported that the film would need top be dubbed into Tibeto-Burman language of the local Meitei people in order to be acceptable in Manipur. (http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2014/09/10/manipuri-theaters-why-we-cant-show-mary-kom/ Retrieved 9/9/2014).

Mary received prejudicial maltreatment for her origins in Manipur during her training and boxing career, but she overcame them.

Mary Kom Trailer, Starring Miss World

Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000, also has a successful singing and recording career.
Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000, also has a successful singing and recording career. | Source

Miss World Advocates Safety

Former Miss World Priyanka Chopra is also an advocate for girls and female safety in India, as well as for increased law enforcement efforts against personal crimes in Mumbai. She performed the role of Mary Kom from teenage to adult years with great determination and energy.

She told the India Times in 2012:

We need to remind ourselves that we women today are a vital contributor to the growth of the new India. True strength comes from the ability and the confidence of young independent girls like ourselves.

(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/No-woman-in-Mumbai-feels-safe-any-longer-Priyanka-Chopra/articleshow/15545055.cms Retrieved 9/10/2014)

Much actual boxing among women occurred in the film and Miss World actually fell flat and received a cut under her right eye that was real. Unfazed, she continued the filming. Word is that the studio put makeup on the cut to make it look deeper. Priyanka trained for two years to handle the part of the boxing champion and she was mentored by Mary herself.


Local young women playing a game in Manipur, India.
Local young women playing a game in Manipur, India. | Source

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bensen32 2 years ago from Round Lake Park

Thanks for sharing I didn't know anything about her before.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@bensen32 - Thanks for reading and making comments! 2012 was the first year for women's boxing in the Summer Olympics, so this sort of information grabs my attention. I am eager to see what happens in Rio in 2016.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Women have come a long way. But their destinations are sometimes, to me, are questionable.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting and so skillful women can be.


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esmonaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

All I can say is, that I'm so glad that I don't have to get in the ring with her!! Thanks for an interesring read :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@mckbirdbks - I hope the boxing can be used to increase their confidence for self defense against crime. Still, it seems odd to see women punching each another.

@DDE - Pastimes and exercise choices of women are surely changing!

@esmonaco - Many people would avoid getting into that ring! Thanks for your comment!


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goatfury 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

Awesome! My girlfriend's friend, Tori Nelson, is a multiple time women's world champion boxer as well. It seems like MMA for women is exploding right now. I wonder how that will impact boxing?


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@goatfury - How cool is it that? - you know Tori Nelson! I don't know how MMA expansion with women will impact boxing, but I think the 2016 Olympic competitions in Rio will have a lot more media coverage than available in 2012. It will be fun to watch the increase in public awareness and interest.


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goatfury 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

Tori is a real sweetheart, too. I would like to see women's boxing grow for its own sake, but I feel like WMMA is going to have a pretty big impact. I'm not sure whether the impact will be positive, honestly.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for sharing your insights, goatfury. With WMMA expansion and with Ronda Rousey in movies now, all the results will be interesting. I wonder if some women boxers will switch to MMA.

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