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Nicola Adams receives honorary degree

Olympic boxer Nicola Adams has recevied a Doctor of Laws from the University of Leeds

"It really means a lot to me being awarded an honorary degree from the University of Leeds, my hometown. It's a huge honour to be recognised for my achievement and contribution to sport and doing what I'm passionate about. I'd also like to congratulate everyone who has graduated from the University. I wish everyone continued success.”

– Nicola Adams

In 2001, Leeds born boxer, Nicola Adams became the first woman boxer ever to represent England. Since then Nicola has won medals at the European Championships, the World Championships, and memorably claimed the first ever women's Olympic boxing gold medal at the London Olympic games in 2012.

Nicola followed this with another gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. She completed the hat-trick as first woman boxer to win gold at the European Games in Baku 2015.

Nicola is seen as an ambassador for Leeds and Yorkshire and is a patron of the charity ‘StreetGames’ which gives sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities in the UK.

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Nicola Adams reaches quarter-finals in Baku

Nicola Adams reached the last-eight at the European Games in Baku with a 3-0 win against Hungary's Katalin Ancsin.

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The Leeds boxer now faces Stoyka Petrova in the quarter-finals. She beat Petrova on the way to becoming boxing's first female Olympic champion in 2012 and has eight other wins over the Bulgarian, including one last month.

However, Petrova prevailed in last year's European Championship and Adams is looking forward to facing an old rival again.

I'm through to the next round and I'm really excited for the quarter finals and can't wait to get back in there on Monday.

We boxed in Spain a couple of weeks ago and I had the upper hand against her [Petrova] there and I'm hoping to improve on that performance and hopefully get another win.

I'm feeling excellent, ten times better than I was last year. It was really hard boxing in a competition with an injured shoulder but now I feel like myself and the jab is pumping out.

– Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams named as Team GB flagbearer for Baku opening

The British Olympic Association has announced that LLeeds boxer Nicola Adams has been selected as the Team GB Flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Baku 2015 European Games on Friday 12 June.

Nicola Adams has been selected as Team GB's flagbearer for Baku 2015

To be representing Team GB at the first ever European Games is a great honour and being selected as the Flagbearer will be a truly unforgettable experience. I know that carrying the flag will be a very proud moment not only for me and my family but also for everyone who has supported my career up to this point.

I will always cherish the experience of leading Team GB into the stadium. I intend to use this honour to drive me on to perform as well as I can and encourage my teammates to be their best. I hope that this is just the start of a successful Games for Team GB.

– Nicola Adams

Twice world amateur champion, Adams shot to national fame when she became the first women ever to win a boxing gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2012. She added the Commonwealth Games title to her Olympic flyweight crown in Glasgow last year.

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.

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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.

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