LEEDS boxer Nicola Adams rounded off another successful week by securing a split-decision victory over Bulgarian Stanimira Petrova in the women’s flyweight final at the European qualifiers in Turkey.
Adams had already booked her place in Rio in a hugely successful tournament for the British team, who saw nine fighters qualified via victories on Friday and Saturday. Adams, Leeds’ Qais Ashfaq, Galal Yafai, Muhammad Ali, Joe Cordina, Josh Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie and Joe Joyce were joined by Antony Fowler, who won his bronze medal box-off on Saturday.
All those boxers who fell short in Sansum – including Ireland’s reigning Olympic champion Katie Taylor – will hope to take advantage of further qualification opportunities in the build-up to Rio.
Meanwhile, David Oliver Joyce became the sixth Irish boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics after victory in the bronze medal box-off in Turkey.
Joyce, who missed out on qualification for both the 2008 and 2012 games, finished strongly to win a terrific contest against home favourite Volkan Gokcek and claim a split decision victory. Joyce had been forced into the box-off after losing his semi to GB’s Joe Cordina, and despite signs of wear and tear he set a fast enough pace to repel his opponent.
Joyce follows flyweight Brendan Irvine, who booked his place in Rio with a win on Saturday, and the duo join pre-qualified quartet Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Steven Donnelly and Joe Ward.