Today at 8:30am Ireland time Katie Taylor won her first bout at the AIBA World Women’s Championships and Olympic Qualifiers in China in her bid to qualify for the London Olympics.
Taylor is through to the last 16 of the World lightweight boxing championships in China, as she seeks to defend her World title and make it through to the London games.
Taylor from Bray, Co Wicklow, overcame her Tunisian opponent, Rim Jouini, 19-6 in their last 32 fight this morning.
The championships are acting as the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers in the flyweight, lightweight and middleweight classes.
Three Olympics places are available for Europe in each of those three weight categories at the Olympic Stadium in Qinhuangdao.
Taylor’s coach and dad, Peter, who is working Ireland’s corner along with Zuar Antia in China, said: “The squad are taking it one fight at a time.
There’s no point in looking too far ahead at these tournaments.”
More than 300 boxers from 77 nations have entered the Championships, breaking all records for entries from the last six AIBA World Women’s Championships.