Natasha Jonas has guaranteed a bronze medal but Nicola Adams has suffered rare defeat in a mixed day for Great Britain’s women at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Bucharest, Romania.
Liverpool’s Jonas ensured a bronze medal and a place in Friday’s semi-final with a unanimous victory over Valentina Alberti of Italy in the light-welterweight (64kg) division.
Jonas said: “I feel like I am starting to get my best form back now after a mixed start to the year. It is great to have secured another major medal, however the competition is still on-going so I am just focusing on my next bout and ensuring I go as far as possible in this tournament.”
Earlier in the day, Olympic champion Adams, suffered her first defeat for over two years when she lost to Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria in the flyweight (51kg) quarter-final.
Despite making a slow start to the contest, Adams looked to have finished the stronger in rounds three and four, however all three judges gave the win to Petrova.
A disappointed Adams vowed to bounce back stronger.
She 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. It was a close bout and unfortunately it did not go for me today.
“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 will be joined in Friday’s semi-finals by England’s Stacey Copeland. The 32-year-old from Bredbury Stockport Boxing Club in Manchester enjoyed a points win over Russian Irina Poteyeva in Tuesday’s welterweight quarter final to earn herself a place in the semi-final of the competition.
The action can be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/romanian-boxing-federation-tv.
Results will be posted at www.gbboxing.org.uk and on the GB Boxing twitter feed @gbboxing.