FIT FOR PURPOSE: Nicola Adams at a recent Manchester weigh-in
DOUBLE OLYMPIC champion Nicola Adams is out to emulate her hero Muhammad Ali when she makes her debut this Saturday night.
The British star enters professional boxing ranks as part of a stacked card live on BoxNation headlined by world champion Terry Flanagan defending his lightweight world title against Petr Petrov, plus a thrilling clash between Liam Smith and the undefeated Liam Williams.
34-year-old Adams has already mimicked Ali’s journey by breaking down barriers (in her case, those surrounding women in boxing) and she is keen to follow the cultural icon by going from an Olympic champion to a world champion.
“To become a world champion would mean everything to me. My hero is Muhammad Ali and he went from being an Olympic champion to a world champion as a professional and that’s exactly what I want to do as well,” said Adams.
“I’m hoping to become a world champion next year. I’m coming for every title. If I stay in the flyweight division I’ll be going for Ava Knight, she’s got all the titles at the moment, so she’s the one I’m aiming for,” she said.
Adams has always been very driven and clear in her ambitions.
As an amateur she won countless accolades and in 2012 became the first ever women’s Olympic champion when she won flyweight gold.
There were calls for her to turn professional right after London 2012 but she was determined to win even more and set new records that had never been achieved before.
“After 2012 I said I wanted to become a Commonwealth Games champion and then win a World Championship and complete the full set of titles,” Adams said.
“We’ve never had anyone do that in amateur boxing - male or female - and I wanted to be able to achieve that, as well as becoming a double Olympic champion by winning again in 2016.
“After achieving my goals in amateur boxing I want to make some new ones and become a world champion as a professional,” she said.
An impressive win this weekend against Argentina’s Virginia Noemi Carcamo will set her well on the way to attaining that goal as she looks to steal the show on a fantastic night of boxing.
BoxNation will broadcast the brilliant bill from the Manchester Arena from 5.30pm, with the full undercard action exclusively live as part of their brand new Premium Pass.
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