Sight concerns: Women's boxing icon Adams retires due to medical advice

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2019

Two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams has retired from boxing over fears she could lose her sight.

She turned professional in 2017 and is the WBO world flyweight champion.

The 37-year-old, who turned professional in 2017, announced on social media on Wednesday (6th November) that she had chose to retire from the sport for medical reasons.

Adams beat three-time world champion Ren Cancan in the final at London 2012, to win the first of her Olympic golds.

"I feel immensely honored to have represented our country: winning double Olympic gold medals and then the WBO championship belt is a dream come true".

In an open letter to the Yorkshire Evening Post on Wednesday, Adams, who won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, said she was proud of what she had achieved but added that boxing had taken a toll on her health.

In Rio four years later, Adams became the first British boxer to successfully defend an Olympic title in 92 years. But not without affecting my body, and apart from the pains and expected discomfort.

"To my wonderful team, I would not be the fighter I am today without your encouragement and understanding - what you have taught me goes beyond the ring".

Adams ended her career by retaining her world title with a draw against Maria Salinas at the Royal Albert Hall to remain unbeaten.

Adams nicknamed herself the "comeback kid" after returning from shoulder surgery in 2015 to win the inaugural European Games title.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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