Adams to de­lay de­ci­sion on fu­ture

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - NEWS - By Jim White in Rio de Janeiro

Af­ter re­tain­ing her Olympic fly­weight ti­tle, Ni­cola Adams in­sisted she had not yet made any plans for her im­me­di­ate fu­ture. The boxer, who will be 37 by the time of Tokyo, said she needed time to re­flect on her choices.

“I need to have a hol­i­day and de­cide what to do,” she said. “I want to re­live this mo­ment for a lit­tle longer yet be­fore I de­cide.”

It was quite a mo­ment for her to rel­ish. The first Bri­tish boxer to re­tain an Olympic ti­tle since the mid­dleweight Harry Mallin in 1924, Adams was over­whelmed as she stood on the podium. Her usual broad grin dis­ap­peared as she cried while the an­them played.

“I’ve had shoul­der op­er­a­tions, an­kle in­juries, be­came a Euro­pean, world and Olympic cham­pion all in the same year,” she said of what was go­ing through her mind as she stood fac­ing the Union flag flut­ter­ing over the hall. “I guess I was re­flect­ing on that and got quite emo­tional.”

But the smile re­turned as she re­called her dom­i­nance of her bout. The ag­gres­sive French­woman Sarah Ou­rah­moune, who had come out of re­tire­ment in the hope of earn­ing the €60,000 win bonus of­fered by the French box­ing au­thor­i­ties, was a re­doubtable ob­ject to Adams’s am­bi­tion. But the Leeds fighter’s su­pe­rior speed and skill were ac­knowl­edged by the judges, who ac­corded her a unan­i­mous points ver­dict.

“I’m al­ways fo­cused in there and I never took my eyes off the prize,” she said of her ap­proach. “I try not to think about the pres­sure, have fun and en­joy my­self. I love be­ing in the ring en­ter­tain­ing, peo­ple love to see me en­joy­ing my­self.”

Af­ter she won in Lon­don, Adams ad­mit­ted her life changed. The nov­elty value of be­ing the coun­try’s first fe­male box­ing cham­pion, cou­pled with her en­vi­ably sunny dis­po­si­tion and po­lite, pos­i­tive man­ner, put her in sig­nif­i­cant de­mand, giv­ing her a promi­nence she never an­tic­i­pated. “I’m still the same per­son, but now I go to movie pre­mieres and meet the Queen,” she said of her life since Lon­don. “But my team pri­ori­tise every­thing, I can do that and train the same. There’s no point chang­ing any­thing in the way we go about it.”

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