Jonas looking to build on London Olympics experience

01 January 2014 / 14:47

Natasha Jonas admits her London 2012 experience is still very fresh in her memory, but the boxer is determined to build on it at Rio in two years time.

The 29-year-old claimed a bronze in the 2012 AIBA Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships before pushing Irish world No 1 Katie Taylor hard in their thrilling quarter-final at the London Olympics.

However it was Taylor who came out on top in the ExCel Arena, the Irish fighter winning 26-15 en route to the gold medal.

But despite the loss her Games adventure has left Jonas with the taste for things now and she revealed Rio 2016 is already on her mind ahead of a busy year,

"It's hard to explain to someone how that (Olympic) experience is because it was just so bizarre and so surreal,” she said.

"I was really proud – I can live with myself after being defeated by Katie because I came out of the ring and normally when you come out of the ring you think 'I could have done this, I should have done this and I could have done a bit better there', and I really had nothing else to give so I can live with the fact that I got beat because I tried my best.

"It wasn't the result I wanted but I can hold my head up high because it was the best I had at that time.

"Obviously, come 2016 and any other tournaments we meet, I'm hoping that it will be a different result.

"We've got a busy year, we've got the Worlds and the Europeans as well as the Commonwealth so it's nice just to keep it going and keep the momentum going and hopefully win some more medals."

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