Mary Kom, India’s five-time world boxing champion, had to fight poverty and social taboos in her troubled home state of Manipur to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

Like her parents, Kom grew up working as a farmer.  After 12 years of arduous training, however, she is now set to compete against the best professional women boxers from around the world. 

Al Jazeera's Prerna Suri reports from Imphal, India.

Source: Al Jazeera