Nicola Adams moves a step closer to World Championship gold
Great Britain's Nicola Adams reached the World Championship flyweight final with victory over Kazakhstan fighter Zhaina Shekerbekova on Thursday.
The 33-year-old Olympic champion, who has already qualified to defend her title in Rio, is targeting a first World Championship gold medal and earned a unanimous verdict against the home fighter in their semi-final.
Shekerbekova had the Astana crowd behind her but a purposeful start from Adams put her in control and she held on for 39-37 verdicts across the board on the scorecards of the three judges.
Adams wrote on Twitter: "I won today and 1 step closer to the gold, thank you everyone for your continued support."
Blocking the Leeds fighter's route to the title, after Adams' three previous world silvers, will be Thailand's Peamwilai Laopeam, who took a narrow win over France's Sarah Ourahmoune.
Laopeam said on the event website: "This is my last year in the sport after a long career and I travelled to Astana to get the Olympic spot for Rio, which I earned in a difficult quarter-final.
"I tried to move more than my French rival and managed to win a tough contest, so I am very happy."
Adams' fellow Briton Savannah Marshall lost her middleweight semi-final against Holland's Nouchka Fontijn, while there were mixed fortunes for Irish boxers.
Five-time world champion Katie Taylor lost out to France's Estelle Mossely in their lightweight semi-final, relinquishing her title, but light welterweight Kellie Harrington was a convincing winner against Canadian Sara Kali to move within sight of gold.