Full set of gold medals high on the agenda for Leeds’s Nicola Adams

Leeds's Nicola Adams
Leeds's Nicola Adams
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Nicola Adams is determined to make history by finally winning the World Championships and then retaining her Olympic crown.

This is shaping up to be another year to remember for the Leeds-born London 2012 star, whose place in Rio de Janeiro is assured of having shone for Great Britain at last month’s Olympic qualifier in Turkey.

Adams can this summer become just the second British boxer ever to retain their Olympic crown, but first comes a trip to Kazakhstan and a shot at history.

Three times a silver medallist, the Women’s World Championships is the only major competition she has yet to win – a wrong she is determined to right in Astana this month.

“Three times I’ve won silver,” said Adams. “It is about time I get across that line and get the gold medal. This is really, really important. This gold medal has eluded me for so long.

“I’d love to have this one. I want to be the European, Olympic, Commonwealth and world champion. I want the full set.

“I’m not sure how many people have done that in other sports but I am definitely sure it’s not that many. Nobody has done that in boxing. Everybody wants that spot, everybody wants to beat Nicola Adams, everybody wants to be the Olympic champion, everybody wants to beat the Olympic champion. It’s made me train that much harder.”

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