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 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,” Adams said. “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 so I’d love to be able to do that.”
Adams is joined on her first ever trip to Kazakhstan by British team-mates Lisa Whiteside, Sandy Ryan, Chantelle Cameron and Savannah Marshall.
The latter duo need a top-four finish to book their place at Rio 2016.