Indian star woman boxer MC Mary Kom has been assured of her sixth medal as she advanced to the semifinals of the Asian Women's Boxing Championships after she defeated Chinese Taipei's Meng-Chieh Pin in a split verdict in the quarterfinals to make the last four stage of the light flyweight (48kg) category.
Mary Kom will face Japan's Tsubasa Komura in the semifinals. She has won four golds and a silver in her five previous appearances at the event.
In a rather cautiously-fought bout, none of the boxers was willing to launch too many attacks as the punches were few and far between at least in the opening three minutes.
The second round saw some intensity as the two boxers got more aggressive.
The Taipei boxer, also the taller of the two pugilists, was the first to move away from the waiting game and began using her left straights and right hooks rather effectively.
However, Mary Kom too raised her game against the nimble-footed Pin, who displayed impressive defensive tactics.
Mary Kom went all out in the last round and more than made up for a patchy display in the opening round to get the judges' nod.