Nicola Adams qualifies for Rio de Janeiro

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Nicola Adams and seven more British boxers secured a place for Rio Olympics. She defeated Marielle Hansen in the qualifiers in Turkey.

Adams plans to become a double Olympic champion. Her Great Britain team-mates are Muhammad Ali, Josh Buatsi, Joe Joyce, Galal Yafai, Joe Cordina, Lawrence Okolie, and Qais Ashfaq.

If she manages to go all the way to Rio, Adams will become the second British boxer to retain her Olympic title. She declared: “It feels really good to know that I will be defending my title in Rio – it is no longer the Road to Rio, I am going to Rio.”

Katie Taylor, Ireland’s reigning Olympic lightweight champion, was not as lucky as Nicola. She suffered her first defeat in almost five years against Yana Alekseevna.

The performance of the day was achieved by the heavyweight Okolie. The fighter outpointed the world number three contestant from Azerbaijan, Abdulkadir Abdullayev, and reached the Olympics. Okolie joined the elite GB squad less than six months ago.

Yafai defeated Samuel Carmona Heredita in a light-flyweight confrontation. Ashfaq had a difficult time with Mykola Butsenko but managed to earn a place at bantamweight after a bloody last round.

Muhammad Ali set a furious pace at outscored Daniel Asenov. Joe Cordina squeezed past David Oliver Joyce while Buatsi defeated Oleksandr Khzhniak. The super-heavyweight Joe Joyce wrapped things up and outclassed Istvan Bernath.

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