European Games: Nicola Adams guaranteed medal in Baku

Nicola Adams v Stoyka Petrova
Nicola Adams is looking to add a European Games gold to her Commonwealth and Olympic titles

Olympic champion Nicola Adams is guaranteed at least a bronze at the European Games after reaching the flyweight semi-finals in Baku.

The 32-year-old secured a split-decision victory over Bulgarian rival Stoyka Petrova - the only women to beat her since London 2012.

"I'm here for gold, I'm hoping I can make history again and bring it back to Britain," Adams told BBC Sport.

Fellow British boxers Qais Ashfaq and Joe Joyce are also guaranteed bronze.

Ashfaq, 22, overcame Germany's Omar El-Hag to score a 3-0 victory and set up a semi-final clash with Dzmitry Asanau.

"Like I've said from the beginning, I've come here for that gold medal and until I get the gold medal the job's not done," said Ashfaq, who, like Adams, hails from Leeds.

In the super heavyweight division Joyce, 29, finished Lithuania's Mantas Valavicius in the first round of their quarter-final.

"I wasn't going for the stoppage, but I was relaxed and ready to go to work. He was just a bit unprepared for me," said Joyce.

Adams will face Turkey's Elif Coskun in Wednesday's semi-final at 10:00 BST for the chance to fight for gold.

Meanwhile, Belfast's Brendan Irvine clinched Ireland's first medal at the Games in Azerbaijan by beating home fighter and top seed Salman Alizada on a split decision in the light-flyweight quarter-final to secure at least a bronze.

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