World number one Katie Taylor will meet Natasha Jonas in the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games in London tomorrow (August 6th). Liverpool southpaw Jonas saw off the challenge of Seattle lightweight Queen Underwood (USA) at the ExCel this afternoon to set up a Great Britain versus Ireland last-eight duel on Monday afternoon.
The Merseysider was always in control of today’s four-rounder and secured a convincing 21-13 decision.
Monday’s clash (1.30pm) will be a repeat of the 2011 Strandja Memorial Tournament duel which Taylor won 6-3 in Bulgaria.
The winner will be guaranteed at least bronze.
Number one and two seeds Taylor and Sofya Ochigava (Russia) received byes into the quarter-finals.
Twelve boxers are competing in each of the three – flyweight, lightweight and middleweight – weight classes for women at London 2012.
Female boxing made its historic Olympic debut this afternoon in the flyweight class.
Meanwhile, John Joe Nevin will be in quarter-final action versus Mexican bantamweight Oscar Fierro-Valdez at approximately 8.45pm this evening.
If Nevin emerges from that encounter he will be guaranteed at least bronze and Irish sport will have won its first medal at the 2012 Olympiad.
2012 Olympic Games
July 28th – Last 32
56kg – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Dennis Villy Ceylan (Denmark) 21-6
75kg – Middleweight – Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Muideen Olalekan Akanji (Nigeria) 15-6
July 29th – Last 32
69kg – Welterweight – Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Carlos Sanchez Estacio (Ecuador) 14-8
August 1st – Last 16
56kg – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Kanat Abutalipov (Kazakhstan) 15-10
August 2nd – Last 16
75kg – Middleweight – Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Stefan Hartel (Germany) 12-19
August 3rd – Last 16
52kg – Flyweight – Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Duke Akeuth Micah (Ghana) 19-8
69kg – Welterweight – Adam Nolan (Ireland) lost to Andrey Zamkovoy (Russia) 9-18
August 4th – Last 16
49kg – Light-flyweight – Paddy Barnes (Ireland) beat Thomas Essomba (Cameroon) 15-10
August 5th – Quarter- final (8.30pm session)
56kg – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Ireland) v Oscar Fierro-Valdez (Mexico)
August 6th – Quarter-final (1.30pm session)
60kg – Lightweight – Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Natasha Jonas (Great Britain)
August 7th – Quarter-final (8.30pm session)
52kg – Flyweight – Michael Conlan (Ireland) v Nordine Ouballi (France)
August 8th – Quarter-final (8.30pm session)
49kg – Light-flyweight – Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Singh Laishram (India)
Irish 2012 Olympic squad
49Kg (Light-flyweight) Paddy Barnes (Holy Family BC, Belfast)
52kg (Flyweight) Michael Conlan (St John Bosco BC, Belfast)
56kg (Bantamweight) John Joe Nevin (Cavan BC)
60kg (Lghtweight) Katie Taylor (Bray BC, Wicklow)
69kg (Welterweight) Adam Nolan (Bray BC, Wicklow)
75kg (Middleweight) Darren O’Neill (Paulstown BC, Kilkenny)
Team Manager: Des Donnelly
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Pete Taylor
Physio: Conor McCarthy
Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary
Performance Psychologist: Gerry Hussey