|Neriman Istik,Turkey (L) won against Poland’s Sandra Drabik|
European qualifiers for boxing in Rio2016 are taking place this weekend in Turkey, and the three Irish women who fought are through to the next round.
Christina Desmond from Cork had a surprise victory over top seed and world No 3 Dutch fighter Nouchka Fontijan (75kgs/middleweight). And Ceire Smith defeated Hungary’s Virginia Barankas (51kgs/ flyweight).
And the big hope of the Irish team Katie Taylor won over Czech Martina Schmaranzova (60kgs/lightweight)
|Nicola Adams UK through to the next round|
Britain's Nicola Adams, a gold medallist in London2012 is also through after beating Moldova's Iulia Coroli.
There are six Olympic places for women out of this tournament with the finals at the end of the week. The women have to make the finals to qualify from this tournament.
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