British Female Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams yesterday announced that she as signed professional forms with Legendry boxing promoter Frank Warren. The 34-year-old from Leeds, West Yorkshire made history at the 2012 London Olympics when she became the first British female boxer to win a medal after defeating China’s Ren Cancan to win the flyweight Gold medal. She then went on to successfully defend her Olympic title four years later at the Rio Olympics last summer and in doing so became the first British boxer to retain a title in 92 years.
Adams who wants to emulate her hero Muhammad Ali, says she always wanted to box in the Olympics and then turn professional at some time. After announcing that she had signed with promoter Warren, she will make her Professional debut on the 8th April in Manchester, before returning to her home city for a bout on 13 May.
With an amateur career were she has won everything, her rise to fame started in 2001 when Adams became the first women to represent England in the ring and in 2010 she joined the GB squad, after going on to win her first Olympic Gold, she continued to dominate and added Common wealth gold, alongside European and World titles in 2015 and 2016 respectively before defeating French boxer Sarah Ourahmoune in Rio. In recognition for her achievements Nicola was awarded and MBE in 2013 and OBE in 2016.
So what’s next for Nicola? After joining other high profile female boxers whole have recently turned professional, she as American Clasressa Shields who is also a double Olympic Gold medallist and Irelands Olympic champion Katie Taylor, she’s looking to achieve the same success as she did as an amateur, but after the the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA)approved new rules in June last year that allows Professionals to compete in the Olympics, we still could see Adams back representing GB at Tokyo 2020.