Two-time Olympic champion and Champions Olympic speaker Nicola Adams OBE has announced her intention to turn professional. The current Olympic champion, who won her second gold medal in Rio last summer, has been released from her contract with GB’s boxing programme and will not compete in Tokyo in 2020.
A revolutionary figure in the female boxing world, Nicola shot to fame in 2012 when she became the first ever female boxing gold medallist at the London Olympics. Defeating French boxer Sarah Ourahmoune in Rio meant that she became the first ever female boxer to retain her title and the first British boxer to do so since 1924. Having also won golds in the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships, Nicola has completed a career grand slam.
Having already spent time talking to potential promoters, Nicola enters the professional boxing world having achieved all she can at amateur level. As she embarks on her latest challenge, she follows in the footsteps of fellow London 2012 female boxing champion Katie Taylor, who won gold in the lightweight division for Ireland before turning pro.
Great Britain’s Boxing performance director Rob McCracken said that Nicola’s contribution to the sport can’t be understated. He said “Nicola has made a huge contribution to both the Olympic programme and the sport of boxing, she has won everything there is to win and her place in history is secured.”
He continued to say that she will be missed by everyone within the sport “We would have welcomed Nicola staying on for the Tokyo cycle, however we recognise her decision to pursue other opportunities and wish her every success in whatever she goes on to do next.”
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