Mary Kom didn't play her natural offesive: Pugilists

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London Olympics Women's boxing bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom was not allowed opportunity to exhibit her natural game as her rival Nicola Adams forced her to go defensive today, felt international pugilists and her team-mates in the Indian police.

Adams dashed Mary Kom's hopes of making it to the finals as she outclassed her 11-6 in the women's semifinal in London on Wednesday, leaving her to settle for a bronze.

"I have been watching the match and I can certainly say it was not her natural game as the sharpness in her punches and her excellent foot work was missing from the beginning," said 2011 China Asian Championship bronze medallist Laxmi Padia.

Expressing disappointment over Wednesday's outcome, Padia said it seemed Mary Kom was looking for opportunities to score rather than going offensive, which was her natural approach in the ring.

"She used to cook for herself as well as for me and one partner from Mizoram in Patiala camp in February-March," Padia said.

Hailing her Olympic medal performance, Padia said it is Mary Kom, who has made the world recognise Indian women's mettle in boxing. Former world champion woman boxer Aruna Mishra blamed Mary's defensive approach for the loss against Adams.

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