Bronze guaranteed for Brit girl Adams as Ireland's Taylor ends Jonas' medal hopes
14:32 GMT, 6 August 2012
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Nicola Adams became the second Great Britain boxer after Luke Campbell to guarantee at least a bronze medal after a comprehensive 16-7 win over Stoyka Petrova in her women’s flyweight quarter-final at ExCeL.
The Leeds 29-year-old was simply too sharp for her Bulgarian opponent, wobbling Petrova with a short left and a right over the top in the first round, and again with a stabbing left in the second to lead 5-3 at the half-way stage.
Winning feeling: Nicola Adams (Blue) celebrates another medal in prospect for Great Britain after her win over Stoyka Petrova guaranteed a bronze at least
Hit and miss: Adams lands a shot on Petrova, with the Bulgarian missing her jab
The shorter Adams continued to do well with her countering lefts in the third, but Petrova, a former world quarter-finalist, was proving a difficult challenge as she pushed forward looking to land hooks with either hand.
Adams, however, was clearly more classy, pulling away to take a six-point lead into the final round and book at least bronze – and a titanic showdown with Indian sensation Mary Kom in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Natasha Jonas put up a brave fight against Ireland’s seemingly invincible four-time world champion Katie Taylor before the Irishwoman’s power and accuracy saw her book at least a bronze with a clear 26-15 victory.
Red alert: Ireland's four-time world champion Katie Taylor (red) lands a heavy blow on Natasha Jonas
Cheer we go: Favourite for the gold Taylor was roared on to victory by thousands of Irish fans
Roared on by thousands of Irish supporters in an extraordinary atmosphere, Taylor set the pace right from the start, ramming home an early combination as Liverpool’s Jonas sought vainly to match her with counters.
A more even second saw Jonas have more success, rocking Taylor’s head back with a hard right but only incurring the wrath of the Irish fighter, who responded with a crisp combination as they reached half-way with Taylor in a 10-7 lead.
Taylor dominated the third, forcing Jonas to take a standing count from a hard right, as she moved 19-11 ahead, and Jonas took another count in the last as the imperious Taylor charged home to a thoroughly convincing win.