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It's perfect time to stun Mary Kom: Anusha Kodituwakku

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Sri Lanka's first woman boxer to win a gold in an International meet, Anusha Kodituwakku today threw an open challenge to India's MC Mary Kom, saying she is confident of winning against the five-time world champion at the 12th South Asian Games.

The Olympics bronze medalist is coming back from a long layoff and she's yet to get back to her best and the Lankan experienced boxer today said it's the perfect time to stun the Indian boxing queen.

"I strongly hope this is my best chance to beat her. I know I have a big challenge as I had lost to her by three points five years ago. But I'm more experienced now, and I'm confident to give her a big challenge," Anusha, who will be competing at the South Asian Games for the first time, said at the SAI Complex in North Eastern Hill University in the outskirts of the city here today.

The boxer from Slimline BC created history in when she won the gold medal in the 48 kgs light fly weight event at the Asian women's boxing championships held in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2006.

She also had won a bronze at the Asian Championships in in 2003 and another bronze at the Taiwan Open in 2004 before switching to the 51kg category.

The Lankan team coach Harsha Kumara too is confident that their team would taste success when boxing gets underway here Saturday.

"Four of our members including Anusha have won medals at the International level. We're confident of getting medals here," the Lankan coach said.

First Published: Thu, February 11 2016. 21:13 IST