Adams relishing having target on her back leading into Rio

02 October 2014 / 10:07

Currently sidelined following shoulder surgery, Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams has warned her rivals there is room for even more improvement when she returns to the ring.

Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, made history again this summer when she became the first female Commonwealth Games boxing champion.

November’s Women’s World Boxing Championships was next up in the calendar but after struggling with a shoulder complaint since the turn of the year, Adams made the decision to undergo surgery, ruling her out of competing at the Worlds in the process.

While rehab is the main focus at the moment, Adams is already letting thoughts wander to a successful defence of her Olympic title in Rio 2016, insisting being a target for others to beat only drives her on.

“I’m world no.1 and Olympic gold medallist – there’s a big target on my back," she said. "It keeps me motivated knowing there are a lot of girls out there who want to beat me.

“I have my rivals to thank for giving me that motivation in a way. I take everyone as my biggest rival.

“I injured my shoulder earlier this year and I should have had it operated on then but I wanted to do the Commonwealths.

“Now the aim is Rio and qualifying. I just try to focus on that. There is still so much I can improve on.”

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