No retirement plans for Adams


Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Nicola Adams has no intention of following her former Great Britain team-mate Natasha Jonas into retirement as she focuses on becoming a double Olympic gold medallist in Rio next year.

Having overcome another lengthy injury lay-off, Adams is preparing to return to an English ring for the first time since her London 2012 triumph at the national championships in Liverpool next week.

And with a world gold medal still proving elusive, the 32-year-old Adams insists she has absolutely no plan to set a time-scale on when it will finally be time to hang up her golden gloves.

Adams told Press Association Sport: “I will keep fighting as long as I have the motivation to do so and there is no reason why that should not continue after the Rio Olympics.

“At the moment becoming a double Olympic champion is the only thing on my mind but I have other goals left to achieve including world gold after only taking three silvers so far.

“Despite all my injury problems I have never lost my love for the sport and as long as I keep that love of fighting and entertaining the crowd I will still be eager to compete.”

Adams will face a rare challenge to her domestic dominance in Liverpool with her 51kg category also including Lisa Whiteside, who won world silver in Adams’ absence earlier this year.

The Preston fighter has boiled down to the flyweight division in order to challenge for Adams’ Olympic spot and they should go head-to-head for the first time in next Sunday’s final.

But Adams, who underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year, warned: “I am feeling really good – my speed and timing have returned and I feel like a whole new fighter.

“I had to change my style for the Commonwealth Games because I had to hide just how much of a problem my shoulder was causing, but I came through it and took the gold medal.

“Now it is not giving me any problems at all so I can revert to the way I have always fought and hopefully the fans in Liverpool will be able to see me at my best.”

Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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