Boxing: Adams puts Yorkshire forward as potential European Games hosts

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GOLDEN GIRL Nicola Adams reckons Yorkshire could become a future host of the European Games, writes PETER SMITH.

Adams, from Leeds, added to her Olympic and Commonwealth titles with victory over Poland’s Sandra Drabik to win flyweight gold in Baku.

“It was really good, an amazing experience,” Adams said of her involvement in the first European Games.

“It was nice to be able to bring a bit of history home for Great Britain.

“I think it [the European Games] can get bigger – and I’d like to see it come to Yorkshire!”

Adams was chosen to carry the flag at the opening ceremony and she added: “That was amazing, it was an honour to be chosen and I was really happy about it.”

The 32-year-old’s success - on a split decision, with two judges awarding her a 39-37 victory and the other scoring the bout 38-38 – completed a comeback from shoulder surgery last year and followed on from historic gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Adams has already indicated she plans to box on until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and is now focusing on being in top form and condition for next year’s Brazil festival.

“Every medal means a lot to me and this is a good lead-up to Rio,” Adams said after stepping off the plane in Leeds at the weekend.

“That is the next big thing. This is part of the preparation to let me know where I am at and where I need to improve moving forward.”

Adams insisted she has not yet reached her peak.

“Boxing is one of those sports where you are always improving, all the time,” she said.

“There’s a few smaller tournaments coming up and then the qualifiers [for the Olympics)] at the end of the year.

“Preparing for that is all on-going.”