In the evening session, Olympic Champion Nicola Adams’ opening-round patience paid off as she comfortably negotiated her way through a tough encounter with the tall Azeri Anna Alimardanova. Adams grew in confidence as the bout went on, and the Olympic qualifier, eager to add the World title to her collection, will now face Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Ting Lin for a place in Thursday’s semi-final.
“I cannot believe I am in the last eight of the World Championships but I know my most important contest is still coming tomorrow. I am satisfied with my performance against the strong Italian and I will be fighting for my dream tomorrow,” said a delighted Azize Nimani after her win.
With a record sixth World title and a place at Rio 2016 on her mind, Katie Taylor landed some powerful early blows to impose herself on Argentina’s Dayana Sanchez. The South American could find little reply to the defending champion’s relentless attacks, and after Saturday’s tough opening bout, the unanimous points win will provide the perfect tonic for Taylor’s crucial Quarter-Final against Mexican revelation Victoria Torres.
Yana Alekseevna and New Zealand’s Alexis Pritchard both struggled to find their range in the first two rounds of their bout, but the Azeri landed the bigger punches in the third and fourth to earn a split decision and a Quarter-Final place against France’s Estelle Mossely. Russian World Light Welterweight Champion Anastasiia Beliakova proved too quick for Brazil’s Adriana Araujo and will meet Moroccan Hasnaa Lachgar in Tuesday’s quarter-final.
All results available here.