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Olympic Boxing champion's stolen car found

Police investigating a burglary at Olympic Boxing Champion Nicola Adam's home have recovered her car this morning.

Olympic and Commonwealth medallist Nicola Adams Credit: Press Association

Adams and other family members were at home at the time but were not aware of the break-in. Burglars took two cars, training kit and valuable personal possessions.

The Leeds boxer's grey Hyundai Veloster Turbo was found at around 8.20am today parked in Sandringham Way in Alwoodley after a member of the public called the police to report it having been left there.

Unfortunately the boxing equipment and other items that were in the boot when it was stolen were no longer in the vehicle.

We would like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle being left in Sandringham Way any time after it was stolen on Wednesday morning.

The silver Ford Focus TDCi, registration YH09DLU, that was also stolen in the burglary remains outstanding at this time. We would still like to hear from anyone who has seen that vehicle or who knows its current whereabouts."

– Det Constable Will Tsang, West Yorkshire Police

The gold medallist had been due to fight in the national championships this weekend but pulled out due to the burglary.


Nicola Adams thanks fans for messages of support

Nicola Adams has thanked fans for their messages of support after she was forced to pull out of this weekend's England Boxing Elite National Championships, following a burglary at her home in Leeds.

Nicola Adams withdraws from tournament after burglary

Leeds boxer Nicola Adams has withdrawn from this weekend's English National Championships after a burglary at her home in Leeds.

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Adams and other family members were at home at the time but were not aware of the break-in. Burglars took two cars, training kit and valuable personal possessions.

Adams had been due to contest the women's 51kg flyweight division including a prospective final showdown against her Great Britain rival Lisa Whiteside.

Nothing makes me prouder than boxing on home ground with the support I get from the nation.

So, after much thought and discussion with England Boxing, I'm deeply regretful to have to pull out. It's not an easy time for me and my family. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support - the boxing team, the police and all my supporters.

– Nicola Adams

Adams had been due to fight on Saturday in what would have been her first fight in England since her gold medal triumph at London 2012.


Adams beaten in Bucharest

Olympic champion Nicola Adams Credit: Press Association

Olympic champion Nicola Adams suffered her first defeat in almost two years as she crashed out of the European Championships at the quarter-final stage in Bucharest.

Leeds boxer Adams was made to pay for a slow start as she dropped a tight verdict against Bulgaria's experienced Stoyka Petrova.

Adams had been hoping to become England's first double European champion - male or female - having won her first title in Rotterdam in 2011.

But the 31-year-old vowed to learn from her surprise loss and regroup in time for Glasgow 2014, where women's boxing will make its Commonwealth Games debut.

Leeds boxer seeking to cement her place in history

Olympic champion Nicola Adams maintains her motivation levels are higher than ever as she prepares to embark on a triple title quest which could further cement her place in British boxing history.

Nicola Adams Credit: Press Association

Adams will start as a hot favourite to become the nation's first double European champion in Bucharest next month before she stars in Glasgow in July as women's boxing makes its Commonwealth Games debut.

The 31-year-old will then head to Jeju City in South Korea in November as she aims to build on three previous silver medals and be crowned world champion for the first time.

Nicola Adams to launch new boxing sessions in Sheffield

Nicola Adams Credit: Press Association

London 2012 gold medallist Nicola Adams and Britain's first ever Women's World Boxing Champion Savannah Marshall will launch a new boxing programme at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield today.

The venue, which is the home training base to both Team GB boxers, will host its first BOX class, part of a new programme by the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

Nicola , who is from Leeds, and Savannah will take time out of training at EIS Sheffield to officially open the sessions, which are aimed at boxers of all levels aged 16 and above and will run every Tuesday after the launch.

Jane Naylor, programme and development manager at EIS Sheffield, said: "We are delighted to be launching our new BOX sessions and it's great that Nicola and Savannah will be there to inspire people who may be looking to take up boxing.

"It highlights EIS Sheffield's unique ability and success in combining elite and community usage providing some of the very best facilities in the country for both Olympic and World level athletes as well as those at grassroots level.

"There will be an emphasis on learning boxing technique and skills, so who knows, these classes may even lead to the unearthing of Sheffield's next boxing Olympic gold medallist."

The BOX launch event will be followed by a ladies-only boxing session on Wednesday, January 15, which will run every Wednesday.

Tom Gilbert, England Boxing's National Programme and Participation Manager, said: "England Boxing is aware that not everyone interested in boxing wants to join a club or box competitively, and that for many people the training side is appealing but not the contact form of the sport.

"BOX aims to provide an opportunity for everyone to take part in fitness studio-based boxing and to experience the fitness, health and happiness benefits of training like a boxer."

Boxing campions open Sheffield gym

Nicola Adams

Leeds' Olympic boxing gold medallist will team up with another boxing star as they launch a new gym in Sheffield today.

Savannah Marshall

Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall, Britain's first ever women's world boxing champion, will open the £1m gym at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield).

The facility includes 90 new pieces of equipment, and one of the biggest weights gyms in the city.

The gym opening marks a year of celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the venue.

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