Golden girl Nicola Adams has made a winning start in quest for an historic second Olympic boxing title, vowing to bring home gold for the city of Leeds.
The 33-year-old guaranteed herself a bronze medal with victory in her quarter final flyweight bout against Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob.
And the win keeps her on a collision course with her old nemesis, Ren Cancan of China.
Richie Woodall, former world champion on BBC TV, said: “Great performance from Nicola Adams. She would have had a nervous wait but I think she did pretty well apart from that last round. She was pretty comfortable.”
Adams produced one of the most iconic moments of London 2012 with her beaming smile and ferocious combinations.
She made history as the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, and she wants to further seal her place in the record books by now becoming her sport’s maiden two-time Olympic champion.
Adams, who learned her trade at Burmantofts Amateur Boxing Club in Leeds, said the support she gets from her home city will help her to victory.
“It means everything to me,” added Adams, who finally won the world title earlier this year to complete the set of boxing gongs.
“I love the support I get from Leeds and Yorkshire and hopefully I can do them proud.”
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