Trailblazing Olympic champion Adams to quit boxing

Trailblazing Olympic champion Adams to quit boxing

06 November 2019 / 07:43
Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams - who made history by becoming the first woman to win boxing gold at the Games at London 2012 - is hanging up her gloves.

Adams, 37, is a sporting trailblazer winning every amateur title available to her.

Since her first bout at the age of 12 she was an unstoppable force, who watched videos of heroes Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno to fine hone her skills.

However, an eye injury has forced her to quit her professional career after just six fights, though she steps away from the ring still a champion - after recently retaining her WBO flyweight world title.

Writing in her local paper, the Yorkshire Evening Post, Adams recalled the struggles and highlights of her career, including that famous win over world number one Ren Cancan in London.

And she paid special tribute to Alwyn Belcher, her long-time coach and personal mentor.

"I’m immensely honoured to have represented our country – to win double Olympic gold medals and then the WBO championship belt is a dream come true," she said.

"But it’s not without taking its toll on my body, and aside from the expected aches and pains - I’ve been advised that any further impact to my eye would most likely lead to irreparable damage and permanent vision loss.

"Having people in my life who are a fountain of support, kindness and love, has been the sole reason I’ve been able to represent my country in the way I have. 

"It has been an honour to compete on the global stage, and it has been a privilege to fight against such remarkable athletes. Whilst I am proud of my achievements, the unwavering belief from everyone in my corner, is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life.

"Hanging up my gloves was always going to hard, but I have never felt luckier, And I’m so immensely proud of how far the sport has come."

Mark England, Team GB's Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, added "Nicola is the embodiment of modern Team GB in so many respects.

"A double Olympic champion, she is an icon of her sport, having shaped the past decade for boxing and Olympic boxing in particular. It's hard to imagine a more loved athlete amongst the British public."

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