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Monday 5 December 2016

Katie delight at Rio qualification

Ireland’s Katie Taylor lands a punch on Victoria Torres of Mexico during her victory in Astana yesterday INPHO
Ireland’s Katie Taylor lands a punch on Victoria Torres of Mexico during her victory in Astana yesterday INPHO

Katie Taylor has qualified for the Rio Olympics after winning her AIBA World Women's Elite Boxing Championship quarter-final against Mexico's Victoria Torres.

The London 2012 gold medallist is now guaranteed a bronze medal at least and the win means she has secured a place in Brazil, where she will defend her lightweight title.

Taylor, looking for her sixth world title in a row, won on a unanimous points decision.

The Bray boxer had too much skill and movement for the aggressive Mexican and will now face a semi-final against France's Estelle Mossely, who beat Azerbaijan's Yana Alekseevna, the fighter who defeated Taylor at the European Olympic Qualifiers in April.

The 29-year-old joins Paddy Barnes, Brendan Irvine, Michael Conlan, David Oliver Joyce, Steven Donnelly and Joe Ward on the plane to Rio.

Taylor is the second Irish boxer to qualify for the semi-finals, joining Kellie Harrington, who won her bout earlier in the day.

Speaking after the fight, Taylor told RTÉ Sport: "It's a dream come through, everyone knows how much the Olympic Games mean to me and to have a chance to defend my Olympic title is an absolute honour.

"It's definitely a weight off my shoulders"

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