Leeds boxing ace Nicola Adams believes that an Olympic gold medal is now a realistic aim with world champion and world number one Ren Cancan conquered for the first time in her career.
Flyweight Adams secured the prestigious Strandja Cup in Bulgaria last weekend after beating Cancan in the quarter-finals en route to the title.
It was the first time the 29-year-old had beaten the Chinese world number one, who edged out the Leeds fighter in the 2010 world final and Adams now feels that she has the upper hand in the year that matters most.
“It’s shown me that I have the ability to not just qualify for the Olympics but to go for the gold and get it,” said Adams.
“It’s done my confidence the world of good. my coaches said that one day I’d be beating the world champion and now I have.
“I was really pleased with the victory and it’s just shown that all my hard work and training is really paying off.”
Next up for Adams are tournaments in the Czech Republic and Crete ahead of this year’s world championships in China in May where a quarter-final berth will secure Adams’ spot at the London Olympics.
But never mind a last- eight world place, Adams will be looking to take that title as well.
“I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working hard,” she said. “it has always been close between me and Ren Cancan and now I have come out on top.
“I want to make sure it stays that way.”