Those four gloved hands across the Irish Sea did themselves and their sport proud. The factor Natasha Jonas once feared would end her boxing career now serves as her biggest motivation. "I've never boxed so many times against such good opponents and it's nice to just come out on top and come here to do what I said I was going to do, and that's qualify.

Potential opponents are lining up for a crack at the undisputed lightweight queen, Get all the very latest news in Ireland straight to your email every single day. Last updated on 16 May 201216 May 2012.From the section Olympics. You would not want to pick an argument with Katie Taylor. In the same year she claimed gold in the 64 kg division at the 2009 Women's European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria, after she overcame Csilla Csejtei of Hungary in the final.

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I could've thrown the kitchen sink at her or maybe drive a bus into her.

Meanwhile, Taylor, from Bray, County Wicklow, is destined to win Ireland's first gold medal at these Games to go with four world titles over the past six years.

Taylor, 34, defended her world titles with a unanimous decision win in a rematch against Belgian Delfine Persoon last month. Who wouldn't want to see that rematch eight years on, with the atmosphere it generated at the London Olympics?". These were quarters but this bout was worthy of a final. She said: "You can't imagine how happy I am not only to finally reach the Olympic Games but to beat a five-time world champion in order to get there.

Natasha Jonas and Nicola Adams have become the first female British boxers to qualify for the Olympic Games after reaching the World Championships semis. It is three years since Adams fell down stairs at home and was sidelined for 12 months with a back injury that threatened to cut short her career. The part-time actor (occasionally spotted in Coronation Street) will not have received more applause than she did in this ring in front of a capacity audience.

They will be there to cheer on the third British female here, Nicola Adams, who came through in the flyweight division with a comfortable 16-7 win over the Bulgarian Stoyka Petrova.

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I've made it perfectly clear now that I want to fight Katie. "Natasha being the first one [women's boxer] to represent Britain at the Olympics and qualify. Her trainer Joe Galllagher told Sky Sports: "We should have got the decision and now they don't want anything to do with her.

Marshall went out in a tight contest at 75kg against the crude but strong Kazak Marina Volnova.

"It's a great feeling," she told BBC Sport's Leon Mann.

We are all focusing on trying to win the world titles and then it will be all about the Olympics.". In November 2009 she became the first female boxer to compete for GB Boxing.

Meet Liverpool's sporting sisters Natasha Jonas has always been a fighter.

The packed arena was a cell of noise for most of the eight minutes, officially recorded as 113.7 decibels, as loud as any rock concert and four decibels greater than the human pain threshold, a testament to the popularity of the combatants and the sport.

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"I think Tasha against Katie Taylor is a great fight.

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I'm not a mouthy person, but I feel like I'm having to make a bit of noise because I want the fight. Adams has battled her way back from a back injury that almost ended her career in 2009 and she struggled for funding. The former Team GB Olympian retired from …

Taylor said of Jonas: "She's a super boxer and a fantastic person. Natasha JONAS.

Jonas was also in action at Matchroom Boxing's Fight Camp - drawing with British rival Terri Harper. "Not only that but it is brilliant for the team because Natasha has qualified too and Savannah is getting close. Katie Taylor's old amateur rival Natasha Jonas wants a piece of the undisputed lightweight champion - who beat her in the 2012 Olympics quarter-finals.

British middleweight Savannah Marshall remains one win from qualifying for London, where women's boxing will make its Olympic debut. The ever-smiling Liverpudlian lightweight can say now that, although she missed an Olympic medal, she traded quality punches on the grandest stage with the best female boxer there has ever been or, possibly, ever will be.

Jonas, a part-time youth worker who wanted to be a footballer, will not have received a reception more rapturous than this one – and the enthusiasm for Taylor at the national stadium in Dublin was deafening too, by all accounts. Jonas joined her Great Britain team-mate and the reigning world middleweight champion, Savannah Marshall, on the way out of the inaugural women's competition at the quarter-finals stage but both gave their best.

Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters. Absolutely gifted.". "When you see women's boxing at the highest level," Jonas said later, "and that kind of performance, how can you argue that women aren't just as good as the men?" But today all the hard work, the tears and the ups and downs have paid off.

I can't wait to get on the stage and show them what boxing's all about.

Cameron said: "I'm mandatory at lightweight. Jonas another gold medal in the inaugural GB Amateur Boxing Championshipsin 2010, when she p… "I was watching Sky Sports and they were going through her [Taylor] potential opponents and I wasn't mentioned. Adams enjoyed a superb win over five-time 48kg world champion world champion Kom to guarantee at least a bronze, with a semi-final to come against Russia's Elena Savelyeva. But the main event was Taylor's electrifying victory over Jonas, just the second loss by a British boxer in their home Olympics -- until Marshall was shocked an hour later. In a way they both won. Katie Taylor's old amateur rival Natasha Jonas wants a piece of the undisputed lightweight champion - who beat her in the 2012 Olympics quarter-finals. Both of them spar against men and it showed in their sharpness as, after a slow start, Jonas got to parity in round two of four, then gave nearly as good as she received, especially with tireless attacks to the body, and came through standing eight counts in the third and final two-minute stanzas.

I take my hat off to her.

I have come here feeling the fittest, the leanest, the healthiest, smartest boxer I could be but she is still the best. And Leeds flyweight Adams edged out Indian star Mary Kom Hmangte, 13-11. You can unsubscribe at any time. "Katie Taylor, like I keep saying, she's the 'Canelo' of female boxing. My confidence is going through the roof and I want to go further and win the world title and then the Olympics.". "It's just years and years of hard work really to get here, now I'm going to be an Olympian.".

And not just in the boxing ring. They were four-all after one round, seven-all after two, Volnova led 10-8 going into the fourth and the British boxer with the wicked straight left had to work hard to keep her opponent at bay in the final two minutes. Her compatriot and a former world title challenger, Matthew Macklin, was moved to observe: "One word springs to mind watching Katie Taylor: special!

People want to see the fight [vs Taylor] and I want to be in the fight, but it's getting nowhere and it's frustrating. S 0.

She wasn't hurt at all.

"It's a dream come true, I just can't believe it really," said Taylor. ", And on the subject of winning a medal in London, Jonas added: "Don't expect nothing less, that's what I'm there for.".

"On another day," Jonas said, "Ireland would be cheering for GB and GB would be cheering for Ireland.


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