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Boxer Nicola Adams' inspirational Mobo message: 'Tell me I can't and that's why I will'

Boxer Nicola Adams turned on the girl power as she accepted the inspirational 'Paving The Way' award at this year's Mobos.

The award is given to individuals in any field who are "punching above their weight" or creating a path for others to follow.

Adams became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, the first double Olympic champion, as well as being the first boxer to win European, Commonwealth and World titles.

But despite knowing that was what she wanted to do when she was 12 she revealed she could have easily not succeeded.

She said: "(I was told) If you're dreams don't come true, you can be a ringcard girl.

"Women should be in the kitchen. Women shouldn't be allowed to box.

"And my favourite one is - why don't you just go play tennis?"

She said it sounded funny now but that was what life was like for her growing up.

"But I evolved, I knew I wanted to create a path so girls could follow.

"And I'm standing here now receiving this award, and this is what I say: Tell me I can't, and that's why I will."

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