Leeds nostalgia: Nicola Adams’ boxing glove makes for ‘punchy’ museum piece

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As Leeds celebrates Women’s history month, here’s an exhibit currently on display which really packs a punch.

The signed glove was worn by none other than Leeds’s very own pugilist trailblazer Nicola Adams, who at the London 2012 Games, became the first woman ever to win an Olympic Boxing title.

Her glove is on display at Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall as art of A Woman’s Place?, an exhibition which looks at the many changing roles of women over the past 150 years.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “There are some captivating and moving stories, images and objects in this exhibition which combine to illustrate the many different ways that women through the ages have defied expectations and achieved some truly inspirational things.”

Born in Leeds, Nicola had her first boxing match at the age of 13, going on to become English amateur champion and winning medals in a number of international championships.

But it was following her historic triumph at the London 2012 Olympics that she became a household name and a Leeds sporting legend after defeating Chinese boxer and world number one Ren Cancan in the final to claim the first Olympic women’s boxing Gold medal.

She then went on to win Commonwealth gold and a second Olympic gold at the Rio Games in 2016 before turning professional last year.

Nicola’s glove is displayed at Kirkstall alongside other objects which celebrate the inspirational women through history.

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