Such was the aura of 'Magnificent' Mary Kom that even her opponent, Mala Rai of Nepal, showed no regret in the loss and was seen sporting a broad smile hugging the Indian boxing idol in excitement after the defeat.
Mary Kom had opted out of the Asian Championships last month in order to prepare for the World Championships as the event will serve as good preparatory ground for Olympic qualification."I have been preparing well for 51kg category," she said.
Though the Frenchman had beaten the three-time Olympic silver medallist previously – at the Denmark Open the year before – this was the World Championships where the cream comes out on top. But Leverdez had not read that script.