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Katie Taylor bounced back from her surprise defeat at the European Olympic qualifiers on Turkey on Friday by defeating Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva in a box-off to claim third spot in the lightweight division.
The current Olympic champion was back to her imperious best as she won all four rounds to record a unanimous point’s victory over Staneva.
Taylor was superior throughout and almost ended the bout in the third round when a flurry of shots brought the Bulgarian to the canvass after she attempted a swing but missed the Bray boxer.
The 29-year-old will now switch her attention to world championships in Kazakhstan where a semi-final spot would assure her of qualification for Rio.
In other Irish boxing news, David Oliver Joyce qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time with victory in his lightweight box-off against home favourite Volkan Gokcek.
The St Michael’s Athy boxer, who missed out on qualification for the 2008 and 2012 games, went through in a final-round split decision to join his cousin Joe Ward, Paddy Barnes, Mick Conlan, Steven Donnelly, and Brendan Irvine on the plane to Brazil.