Baku 2015: Adams confident after European Games victory

19 June 2015 / 07:07

Olympic champion Nicola Adams made confident progress through her first round bout at the European Games and admitted she thrived on the pressure of expectation.

The Team GB flyweight was a convincing 3-0 winner over Hungary's Katalin Ancsin in Baku and faces Stoyka Petrova in the quarter-finals, a fighter she beat in Spain just two weeks ago.

And she claims she's feeling 100 percent fit after the injury problems of last year and insists those hanging a gold medal around her neck already are just assisting her motivation.

"You have to go into the tournament with confidence, you can't just go in and hope for the best," she said. 

"Every time I go into the ring I go in there thinking I can win a gold medal, so I assume they all do the same.

"I'm feeling excellent, ten times better than I was last year. It was really hard boxing in a competition with an injured shoulder but now I feel like myself and the jab is pumping out.

"Motivation isn't a problem, it seems like every tournament that I go into I am looking to make history and this one is the same.

"It's the first time we have had a European Games and there is a chance to bring a bit of history home for Great Britain so that's my motivation.

"I never see it as pressure, everyone thinks I will win gold and that's what gives me the motivation and the will power. 

"I think it would be the opposite if people thought I wasn't going to win gold, it might make me doubt myself. But everyone thinks I am going to win gold and that makes me think I can do it and I want to go and get it."

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