Katie Taylor will be in action in the semi-finals of the AIBA World Women’s Championships on Friday.
Ireland’s Katie Taylor, Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva, Russia’s Sofya Ochigava and England’s Natasha Jonas have all secured Olympic qualification and guaranteed themselves at least bronze from the 7th AIBA World Women’s Championships in China.
However, it would be safe to assume that none of the above quartet will be content with a top-four finish and a ticket for the 30th Olympiad at the Olympic Stadium in Qinhuangdao.
All four will be in action in Friday’s lightweight semi-finals.
Taylor, who is aiming for her fourth AIBA World lightweight title on-the-trot in China, meets Chorieva in the first of the last-four showdowns.
Ochigava and Jonas clash in the corresponding semi-final.
Chorieva, the current Tajik national champion, claimed silver at the 2012 Asian Championships.
She also beat China’s Dong Cheng – who Taylor beat in the last two AIBA World finals – en route to gold at the 2010 Asian Championships in Kazakhstan.
At the 2010 AIBA World Women’s Championships in Barbados – where Taylor claimed her third World title – Chorieva was only edged out on a countback by Queen Underwood (USA) following a 7-7 tie.
Ochigava has won World titles at flyweight and bantamweight but has since moved up to lightweight.
Ochigava and Jonas – who were beaten by Taylor in the 2011 European final (10-5) and Strandja Multi-Nations (6-3) – also recorded wins over Deng, who was seeded number 3 in Qinhuangdao.
Liverpool-born Jonas, meantime, beat India’s Laishram, who beat Turkish number two seed Gulsum Tatar this week, on her way to Friday’s meeting with Ochigava.
It’s all to play for tomorrow and RTE are planning to broadcast the semi-finals live from Qinhuangdao at 8am on Friday.
Presenter Darragh Maloney will be joined in studio by Bernard Dunne and Mick Dowling for analysis of all the action with Jimmy Magee providing the commentary.
If Taylor progresses to the finals, RTÉ Television will also broadcast a further programme on Saturday morning on RTÉ Two and streamed live on RTÉ.ie.
Friday’s semi-finals will also be streamed live on http://www.aiba.org/
Saturday’s finals begin at 2pm local time (7am Irish time).
The Irish squad are due to arrive home from China at 5.35pm on Sunday via Dublin Airport.
7th AIBA World Women’s Championships Qinhuangdao, China
(Afternoon sessions begin at 2pm local time, 7am Irish time)
51kg (Last 64)Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Veglina Svetlana (Tajikistan) RSC3
75kg (Last 64) Sinead Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Francelis Paez Carmona (Venezuela) 19-23
51kg (Last 32) Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Sarah-Joy Iris Rae (Jamaica) 12-4
60Kg (Last 32) Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Rim Jouini (Tunisia) 19-6
51kg (Last 16) Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Anna Karolina Michalczuk (Poland) RSC3
60kg (Last 16) Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Saida Khassenova (Kazakhstan) RSC4
60kg (Quarter-finals) Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Mihaela Lacatus (Romania) W/O
(Semi-finals – Afternoon)
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Mavzuna Chorieva (Tajikistan)
60kg Sofya Ochigava (Russia) v Natasha Jonas (England)
51kg (Flyweight) Ceire Smith (Cavan)
60kg (Lightweight) Katie Taylor (Bray)
75kg (Middleweight) Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh)
Team manager: Anna Moore
Coaches: Peter Taylor and Zuar Antia
Physio: Mary Louis Ryan