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Nicola Adams: "I feel fulfilled" by second Olympic title.

Nicola Adams has thanked the people of Yorkshire for their support after winning her second Olympic title.

The boxer, from Leeds, took gold last night watched by family back home. Michael Billington reports.


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.

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.

Credit: Team GB

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
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