Adams through to semi finals of women’s flyweight

Rio De Janeiro—Nicola Adams guaranteed herself another Olympic medal with a hard-fought victory over Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Britain’s London 2012 gold medallist proved too classy for Kob.
Quick on her feet and dangerous with the jab, Adams dominated the flyweight bout, though Kob was aggressive and impressive working on the inside.
Adams faces a semi-final against Canada’s Mandy Bujold or China’s Cancan Ran, whom she beat in the London final.
Defeated semi-finalists do not fight again and both receive bronze medals.
Adams is aiming to become the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title for 92 years.
“Once you get the first fight out of the way, you get rid of the ring-rust,” Adams told the media.
“I wasn’t at my best there but I’ll improve as the competition goes on.”
Another gold medal winner four years ago, Ireland’s Katie Taylor, was
dumped out on Monday in a shock defeat.
But Adams comfortably avoided the same fate in defeating Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob on unanimous points, despite feeling a little ring rusty after waiting until the second week of boxing in Rio to get her chance to shine in her quarter-final.
“I can move on from this one now. I’ve got the win out of the way and the pressure is off a little bit,” said Adams, 33, who is now guaranteed at least bronze.
Adams, a hugely popular figure in Britain after becoming the first woman in history to win an Olympic boxing gold, said she had blocked out any concerns she might go the same way as Taylor. If I start thinking about all that I’ll lose my focus and I’d be concentrating on other things other than getting in there and just trying to win,” she said.
“I’ve been watching the lads (in the British team) go in and I’m sat there like, ‘I can’t wait to box.’ Adams will face China’s Ren Cancan in Thursday’s semi-final — the woman she beat at London 2012 to win a landmark gold.—AFP

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