Katie Taylor qualifies for Olympics

Updated: May 15, 2012, 2:10 PM ET
Associated Press

QINHUANGDAO, China -- Three-time world champion Katie Taylor of Ireland qualified for the London Olympics women's boxing, defeating Saida Khassenova of Kazakhstan 20-8 in the 132-pound class at the world championships on Tuesday.

Taylor will meet Mihaela Lacatus in Wednesday's quarterfinals after the Romanian beat Denitsa Eliseeva of Bulgaria 17-14.

The worlds are being held in 10 divisions but the focus is on three: 112-pound flyweight, 132-pound lightweight and 165-pound middleweight. They are the only three classes when women's boxing makes its debut at the Olympics.

All eight quarterfinalists in the three categories qualify for London.

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