21 Facts About Nicola Adams

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Nicola Virginia Adams was born on 26 October 1982 and is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2017 to 2019.

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Nicola Adams retired with an undefeated record and held the WBO female flyweight title in 2019.

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3.

Nicola Adams became the first openly LGBT person to win an Olympic boxing gold medal, after her win at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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4.

Nicola Adams was educated at Agnes Stewart Church of England High School, Ebor Gardens, Burmantofts, Leeds.

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5.

Nicola Adams fought her first bout at the age of 13, but it was four years before she found a second opponent.

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6.

In 2007, Nicola Adams became the first English female boxer to win a medal in a major boxing tournament, taking silver in the European Championships.

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Nicola Adams won silver again at the world championships in Ningbo, China, in 2008, which was Britain's first women's world championship medal in women's boxing.

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8.

Nicola Adams struggled to continue her boxing career due to lack of funds.

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9.

Nicola Adams worked as an acting extra on soap operas such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and EastEnders, and worked as a builder before the International Olympic Committee backed funding for women's boxing in 2009.

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10.

In November 2010, Nicola Adams was victorious in the first-ever GB Amateur Boxing Championship at the Echo Arena Liverpool.

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Nicola Adams went on to defeat Chinese boxer and world number one Ren Cancan in the final to claim the first Olympic women's boxing gold medal.

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12.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Nicola Adams knocked out Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland to take the gold medal in the women's flyweight division on a split decision.

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13.

At the 2016 Rio Olympic games Nicola Adams successfully defended her Olympic title, defeating Sarah Ourahmoune of France in the Final on 20 August.

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14.

On 23 January 2017 it was confirmed that Nicola Adams had turned professional, having signed with promoter Frank Warren.

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15.

Nicola Adams was scheduled to challenge for the full world title on 8 March 2019 against reigning WBO female flyweight champion Arely Mucino at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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16.

However, the fight was postponed after Nicola Adams sustained an injury during training and was forced to withdraw.

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17.

Nicola Adams was the first woman ever to be invited to the club's awards ceremony.

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18.

Nicola Adams was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours and later Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to boxing.

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19.

In 2016, Nicola Adams was named Number One in the DIVA Power List of the UK's most eminent lesbian and bisexual women.

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20.

On 2 September 2020, it was announced that Nicola Adams would be a contestant on the eighteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing and that she would feature in the competition's first same-sex couple alongside professional Katya Jones.

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21.

On 12 July 2022, it was announced that Nicola Adams had welcomed her first child, alongside her girlfriend Ella Baig.

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