'My Years of hard work, the refusal to give up, pushing every boundary there was. The thrill, the joy of winning, the successes. The Olympic bronze, my most prized possession. And boxing, the sport I gave myself to. All of it is real. I was the David who took on the Goliaths in the boxing ring - and I won, most of the time.' (Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, queen of the Indian boxing ring, the winner of five world championships and an Olympic medal)
Born to parents who were landless agricultural labour in the state of Manipur in Northeast India, Mary's story is one of relentless struggle and unflagging passion for the sport of boxing. A childhood of hard labour prepared her body for the sport just as well as any fitness training might have. Her own will and aggression carried her through the minefield of politics that any sport in India is. Nimble of foot and pulling no punches, the boxing ring was Mary's dominion.
M.C. Mary Kom is not yet ready to call it a day, but here she tells her story so far, no holds barred - her tough childhood, her rebellions, how long she waited for Onler to propose marriage, how she was willing to run away with him and, of course, how she held her won in the male world of boxing. It's all packed into this inspiring, exhilarating tale of a woman who faced impossible odds in a man's world - and won.