Expectations make me nervous: Mary Kom
The world championship is a familiar space for me but the competition is always new.
New Delhi: She is the most successful boxer in the history of amateur World Championships but Indian icon M.C. Mary Kom says she is a shade "nervous" heading into her ninth appearance at the showpiece, not because of the competition that awaits her but the overwhelming expectations at home.
Mary Kom has to her credit six gold medals and a silver in eight world championship appearances, the last of which was in New Delhi in 2018.
Statistically, she is the most successful boxer in the event and has also earned the moniker "Magnificent Mary" from the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
In an interview ahead of the upcoming edition, from October 3 to 13 in Ulan-Ude, Russia, the seasoned Manipuri spoke about the nerves that can get triggered by the expectations despite her wealth of experience.
"I say it all the time, I will give my best but cannot guarantee a medal. I tell myself that too but the pressure is always there and so is the stress of handling it. It can make you nervous," the 37-year-old said. Mary Kom and the rest of the Indian team will depart for the mega-event early Sunday morning.
"The world championship is a familiar space for me but the competition is always new. I am looking forward to it," she said.