BRITISH BOXER Nicola Adams has been crowned world champion for the first time after beating Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan.
Victory for the 33-year-old secures the one major title that had eluded her after picking up three consecutive silver medals in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Nicola has now won European, EU, European Games and Commonwealth Games gold medals, as well as heading to Rio this year hoping to become the first British boxer since Harry Mallin in 1924 to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal.
“I’ve finally done it,” she said after her win. “And what better year to do it than in the year of the [Olympic] Games? I’ve cemented my place in history. The champ is here!”
The Yorkshire boxer’s triumph caps a remarkable success story which began she won world silver in Ningbo, China, in 2008, just before women’s boxing was added to the Olympic programme. She claimed the inaugural Olympic title by beating Chinese rival Ren Cancan in 2012.