Adams to delay decision on future
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.”