WORLD TI­TLE AIM

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES ODDY

Adams wants shot at reign­ing cham­pion Mu­cino be­fore the end of the year

LEEDS’S her fifth Ni­cola straight Adams vic­tory claimed as a pro­fes­sional fighter at Le­ices­ter Arena on Satur­day by beat­ing Mex­ico’s Is­abel Mil­lan, but was taken the full 10 rounds for the first time.

The con­test for the in­terim WBO fly­weight ti­tle, ef­fec­tively serv­ing as a fi­nal elim­i­na­tor for the full world ti­tle, saw teak­tough Mil­lan out­classed for most of the fight.

Adams com­manded the cen­tre of the ring, land­ing ram-rod jabs to head and body on her way to earn­ing a unan­i­mous ver­dict with two judges mark­ing her 9793 and the other 96-94.

She clearly rel­ished the occa- sion, danc­ing in and out of range, flash­ing her trade­mark smile, dis­play­ing an Ali shuf­fle and oc­ca­sion­ally switch­ing to a south­paw stance.

“Ev­ery time I switched south­paw she didn’t know what was go- ing on. I can switch hit, and that works to my ad­van­tage,” Adams said.

“It was good to get the 10 rounds in. Tough fight. She was there to fight as well. I was chilled, I was cruis­ing. I knew she had a good chin.”

Mil­lan dis­played what Adams de­scribed as a “tough Mex­i­can style”, but she also al­lowed the York­shire­woman to show some mid-fight tac­ti­cal ad­just­ments.

“I went out look­ing for the knock­out then halfway in I thought, ‘she’s go­ing to be here for a lit­tle bit’, so I changed tac­tics, and stopped load­ing up on the heavy shots.

“I could tell from the first bell their game plan was to try and wear me down. They thought I might gas out. I’ve done 10 heavy rounds with the guys in the gym. That was noth­ing com­pared to what the lads put me through in camp.”

The next step for Adams, twice an Olympic gold medeal­list, looks set to be a tilt at the full world ti­tle.

Adams com­mented: “I want a ti­tle shot. De­cem­ber 22 hope­fully I’ll be back out, and hope­fully we can pin her (reign­ing world cham­pion Arely Mu­cino) down. I want that ti­tle be­fore the end of the year.”

She added: “I think (on Satur­day) ev­ery­one got a bit more from me, go­ing the full 10 rounds.

“I’ve boxed all around the world, girls from dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

“I’ve been in with the best of them. I don’t think there’s any­thing new peo­ple can show me.”

PIC­TURE: NICK POTTS/PA WIRE

Leeds’s Ni­cola Adams goes on the at­tack against Mex­ico’s Is­abel Mil­lan in Le­ices­ter on Satur­day.

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