Nicola Adams hoping to see first women’s super-fight after early retirement to save her sight

NICOLA ADAMS hopes to see female boxing’s first super-fight now she has saved her sight with a painful early retirement.

The two-time Olympic gold icon has been forced to hang up her gloves just six fights into her promising professional career.

Team GB legend Nicola Adams poses with her WBO flyweight belt after her final fight
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The babyfaced 37-year-old suffered a torn pupil in the very first round of her WBO flyweight title defence in September and, after battling on to a draw, has decided to bow out on top.

Adams leaves behind elite champs like Ireland’s two-weight ace Katie Taylor, American middleweight boss Claressa Shields and 10-year welterweight star Cecilia Braekhus.

And the Yorkshire lass dreams of seeing them mix it at the very top after her groundbreaking work in raising the profile of the women’s game.

Speaking to SunSport at a star-studded event to celebrate the National Lottery’s 25th birthday, Adams said: “I definitely think a real 50-50 women’s super-fight, between a couple of high-profile champions, will take the sport to the next level and I think that will happen as more girls turn pro with high profiles.

“The women’s pro game has changed massively, the Olympics has raised the profile of the sport so much and then promoters took notice and wanted to be part of the action.

“Ronda Rousey in MMA then took off hugely, headling main event shows and I think that showed boxing promoters that women could do it in their sport, especially with the 2016 Olympians turning over.”

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Adams had her first bout aged 13 and, after almost a quarter of a century swapping punches, was just one blow away from being blinded.

Dogged Mexican Marina Salinas chased her around the Royal Albert Hall ring for 20 long minutes and it was miraculous she did not inflict permanent damage on Adams.

The Brit hero said: “When the doctor gave me the news I was worried about not being able to see everything in my future.

“They said I could have boxed for 10 or 20 more fights and had no problem, or the very next punch, even in training, could have been caught in the wrong area around my eye and left me blind.

“I did not want to risk my sight for boxing, I knew it was time, I had to be a little bit selfish.”

Adams is now taking acting lessons and only a scheduling clash meant she missed out on some stunt-double work in the 2018 blockbuster Black Panther.

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She stole the show on Monday in the David Schneider directed Monty Python spoof ‘What has the National Lottery ever done for Us’.

And tinseltown is on the agenda after some well-earned rest, Adams OBE said: “Hollywood? Who knows. I am not closing any doors, I am speaking to new people all of the time.

“I do want to remain a part of boxing in some shape or form but right now I am just enjoying time with my friends and family and not having to make 8st for fights anymore.”


Nicola Adams was speaking at the screening of a new film marking the National Lottery’s 25th Birthday, called ‘What Has The National Lottery Ever Done For Us?’


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