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For India's most famous female boxer, a fight against prejudice

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 05:50
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Kom (above) is a five-time world boxing champion and was the subject of an operatic Bollywood biopic released in September, starring former Miss World (2000) Priyanka Chopra.
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Kom is a five-time world boxing champion and was the subject of an operatic Bollywood biopic released in September, starring former Miss World (2000) Priyanka Chopra (above).

New Delhi

MANGTE Chungneijang Mary Kom, the most celebrated female boxer in India, grew up fighting.

She fought convention as the eldest child of a landless farmer in the fractious northeastern state of Manipur, where she drove steer across rice fields - work that boys in the