Olympic champion Nicola Adams says the chance to return to the ring on home soil is one she is relishing as she gears up for the final stages of the England Boxing Elite National Championships in Liverpool this weekend.
The 32-year-old hasn’t boxed competitively in England since she made history as the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title at London 2012 and hasn’t had a bout in Britain since she took gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
But she is set to return to action at the Echo Arena along with 112 other male and female boxers – the first time in the event’s 128-year history that the men’s and women’s finals will be held as part of the same tournament.
It is set to be a challenging weekend for the seeded Adams who heads into the last four of the flyweight competition and could face a tricky encounter with fellow GB Boxing Squad member Lisa Whiteside in Sunday’s final.
“It will be great to be part of such a historic event and to have the opportunity to box in England again, as this will be my first time since the Olympic Games,” said Adams.
“Being part of the GB Boxing squad we tend to box overseas the vast majority of the time so to have the chance to compete in my home country again will be fantastic.
“I really hope my fans will get behind this event and come along to support me and all of the other boxers that are taking part in what is sure to be a great weekend of boxing.”
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