Celebrated boxer Mary Kom undergoes ACL surgery
NEW DELHI: Six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom on Tuesday underwent a reconstructive surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in her left knee.
The veteran boxer had torn her ACL when she twisted her knee in the first few minutes of her 48kg bout during the the Commonwealth Games selection trials in June.
The surgery was done at a Mumbai hospital.
"Mary had an ACL injury in her knee for which she underwent surgery today in Mumbai," Mary Kom's coach Chhote Lal Yadav told PTI.
Due to the injury, the 39-year-old had missed the CWG, where she had become the first Indian woman boxer to claim a gold medal in the 2018 edition.
The multiple-time Asian Championship gold medallist had last competed in the Tokyo Olympics, where she had bowed out in the pre-quarterfinals.
The most decorated Indian boxer, Mary Kom had decided to skip the World Championships (May 8-20) to concentrate on the CWG.
Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua by split decision in heavyweight title fight
JEDDAH: Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk won his rematch against Anthony Joshua by split decision to retain his world heavyweight titles in just his fourth fight in the division in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Usyk, 35, who dismantled the defending champion in London last year, faced an improved Joshua but outboxed him once again to set up a potential unification bout with Britain's Tyson Fury.
"I want to chank God for the help that he gave me today," Usyk told the crowd at the 12,000-seat King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah.
"I give this victory to my country, to my family, to my team and to all the military who are defending the country," he added.
The fight was watched on free-to-air TV by millions of Ukrainians living under the Russian invasion. Usyk signed up to fight for his country before accepting the rematch.
An angered Joshua peppered his post-match speech with expletives despite the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, de facto ruler of the deeply religious country.
Vijender Singh knocks out Eliasu Sulley to return to winning ways
RAIPUR: Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh returned to winning ways in style as he notched a knockout win over Ghana's Eliasu Sulley on Wednesday.
Vijender, who delivered India's first Olympic and men's world championship medals in boxing, showed his class as he dominated Sulley.
Vijender landed the winning blow in the second round of what was to be a six-round contest to leave the reigning national West Africa Boxing Union Champion dazed.
The 36-year-old Beijing Olympics bronze medallist needed only five minutes and seven seconds to dispatch the Ghanian, who till now had a 100 per cent knockout record.
It is Vijender's 13th pro-boxing win. His only loss on the professional circuit had come last year in March when he went down to Russia's Artysh Lopsan.
"It's good to be back. We start our season with a victory. It wasn't easy to fight against (Sulley). Will return to the gym in a week and will fight again in December or January," Vijender said after the win.
Walking out to the "So high" song by the late Sidhu Moose Wala, Vijender oozed confidence from the beginning. He used his long reach and straight jabs to good effect, putting his opponent under pressure, to the delight of the partisan crowd.
He relied on a combination of punches to get the job done and was technically far more superior to Sulley.
In the second round, he gave his opponent a chance to attack as he switched to counter attacking.
However, Sulley had no answer to Vijender's onslaught as he fell to the canvas and got the his first count of the night.
The Bhiwani boxer then landed a series of straight jabs, hooks and upper cuts which took the wind out of Sulley as he clinched the rope. Another hook from behind spelt the end of the contest.
In the other fights of the evening, Asad Asif Khan out-punched Amey Nitin in the feather weight category.
Then Ashish Sharma suffered at the hands of Karthik Satish Kumar in the light weight category.
Gurpreet Singh also notched an unanimous decision win over Saikhom Rebaldo while Faizan Anwar registered a knockout victory over Sachin Nautiyal in the welterweight competition.
India's Lovlina Borgohain (70kg) cruised to the quarter-finals of the women's light-middleweight boxing with a 5-0 victory over New Zealand's Ariana Nicholson at the Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham, on Saturday.
Young boxers from Puducherry who participated in the state-level boxing tournament organized by West Bengal welcomed and facilitated upon their arrival in Puducherry Pavithran, an 8-year-old boy has won the gold medal for the third time.