Boxing: Champ Nicola Adams crashes out of European Championships

Nicola Adams. Picture by Simon Hulme

Nicola Adams. Picture by Simon Hulme

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Olympic champion Nicola Adams suffered her first defeat in almost two years as she crashed out of the European Championships at the quarter-final stage in Bucharest today.

Leeds ace Adams was made to pay for a slow start as she dropped a tight verdict against Bulgaria’s experienced Stoyka Petrova.

Adams had been hoping to become England’s first double European champion - male or female - having won her first title in Rotterdam in 2011.

But the 31-year-old vowed to learn from her surprise loss and regroup in time for Glasgow 2014, where women’s boxing will make its Commonwealth Games debut.

Adams said: “Although I was not at my best today, I felt I had done enough to go through however sometimes the judges just do not see it your way.

“The most important thing is to come back stronger than ever and my priority now is to make sure I am in the best possible condition for the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships later in the year.”

Natasha Jonas guaranteed herself a medal in the 64kg category with a unanimous win over Italy’s Valentina Alberti, and joins Stockport’s Stacey Copeland in Friday’s semi-finals.

Ireland’s Olympic champion Katie Taylor stayed on course for her sixth European title in a row with a final-round stoppage win over Romania’s Lavinia Mera, but Ireland team-mates Michaela Walsh and Joanna Lambe both bowed out.

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