Olympic champion Adams ready for date with history
August 1, 2014 10:39 am
She may forever box with a target on her back but Nicola Adams insists she will not be distracted from etching her name further into the history books today.
Adams shot to fame two years ago as she became the first woman ever to win Olympic boxing gold, claiming the flyweight title as the sport made its Games debut at London 2012.
And the 31-year-old has a chance to add another chapter to her remarkable story at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with women’s boxing again making its first ever appearance.
A medal is already certainty having unanimously dispatched Sri Lanka’s Erandi de Silva in Wednesday’s flyweight quarter-finals while next up is a semi-final against Canada’s Mandy Bujold.
“Everybody is a challenge for me at this weight. Everybody wants to be the new Nicola Adams, everybody wants to beat me and take the number one spot,” she said.
“So I have just got to stick to cutting my grass and not worry about how green everybody else's is.
“I want to make history and be the first to bring back a medal for Team England, it would be great to get another first under my belt."
Adams’ opponent Bujold failed to qualify for London 2012 although she has been in strong form in Glasgow, comfortably defeating Australia’s Kirsty Harris in her quarter-final.
Adams though has a word of warning, insisting she is a stronger fighter than the one who claimed Olympic gold in London.
"I have grown massively since then. I've really grown into my technique and my style," she added. "We are working on new things all the time. Everything seems to be in full flow."
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