By Dan Davies (@DanDavies98)
Nicola Adams (3-0, 2KO), two-time Olympic gold medalist and popular female figure, will be making her fourth professional outing on the undercard of Selby vs Warrington against Soledad del Valle Frias (13-11-4). Adam’s has made her intentions in the professional game clear, stating that she will retire as the holder of all four world title belts so add to her two Olympic gold medals. When asked how she was feeling Nicola replied with a huge smile coupled with “I feel great! I’m really confident and I can’t wait to get back in the ring, to be honest with you. I’ve been out for a few months with personal issues and what a way to come back in front of a huge crowd at Elland Road so I’m buzzing!”
Nicola, on the topic of training camp, said “I’ve put in 110% this training camp, just like I always do. I haven’t taken my opponent lightly, so I want to put a good performance in on Saturday night and show that I’m at world level”. The ‘Lioness’ continued to say “I’m buzzing that I’m going to be fighting at Elland Road, the home of Leeds United because I used to come here to watch the football here as a kid so it’s going to nice to have the crowd cheering for me”.
Women’s boxing has exploded in the UK as of late with Nicola, Katie Taylor, Natasha Jonas and Savanah Marshall all leading the way I the pro-ranks, Nicola said “It’s great to see all of the other girls doing really well in boxing, winning titles and we are all with different promotional companies which is great! I want to be winning titles, just like them girls are. I think towards the end of the year I will be challenging, and hopefully winning a world title.”
Adams was a gloriously decorated amateur when she was part of the GB set-up, her most noticeable achievements being 2-time Olympic gold medalist, world championship gold medalist, 3-time world championship silver medalist, and 2-time EU championship gold medalist. “There is a lot to learn for me in the professional game” Adams pointed out, “I’ve got to learn to settle my feet down, put a bit more power in my punches and be more accurate and efficient. Being a professional is a lot easier for me than being an amateur. I get a lot more time to spend with my family. In the professional ranks, you weigh in once, you box once and then move on but in the amateur tournaments you are weighing in 6 or 7 times and fighting 6 or 7 times so the professional game is less tough on the body”.
We would like to thank Nicola for her time today.