Olympic Champion Nicola Adams returns to the ring
OLYMPIC Champion, Nicola Adams, is to make her first competitive appearance since her triumph in London at the forthcoming EU Championships in Keszthely, Hungary (1-6 July 2013). Adams will compete for England alongside three other members of the GB Boxing’s Podium squad including fellow Olympia, Natasha Jonas, 2012 middleweight world champion, Savannah Marshall and Lisa Whiteside who joined the Podium squad in April 2013.
16-year-old Crystal Barker from GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad will travel with the team and compete in the Youth (aged 16-18) version of the tournament.
The EU Championships will be the first time Adams has boxed competitively since she defeated Ren Cancan of China in the Olympic final to become the first women in history to win a gold medal for boxing and follows surgery in the latter part of 2012 on her right hand.
Nicola Adams said: “The time since winning the Olympic gold has been an absolutely fantastic experience but it is now time to get back to business and I am really looking forward to stepping back into the ring and competing again. There are still so many things I want to achieve as a boxer and defending my EU title is the start of the next phase of my career.”
Adams is the reigning EU Champion following her victory at the 2011 tournament in Poland when she defeated the former double world champion, Karolina Michalczuk, 17:13 on home soil to secure the gold. She was joined by Natasha Jonas who took gold in the same tournament in the light-welterweight category (64kg) when she defeated Poland’s Oliwia Luczak, 17:7.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “I think London 2012 was a watershed for women’s boxing and all of the squad are really motivated and keen to get back into action and making a start on the road to Rio. I expect most of the top European nations to send their best boxers to this tournament which will make it a very good competition and a tough test for all of our team.”
In addition to the boxers from the GB Boxing squad selected by Rob McCracken, the national coaches of England and Wales have also chosen a number of boxers to represent the home nations in the EU Championship.
Lynsey Holdaway will compete for Wales at light-flyweight. Talia Anthony will represent England in the same category and Carly Weallans will box for England at featherweight.
Bantamweight, Olivia Orchard will represent England alongside Crystal Barker in the Youth (Aged 16-18) competition. A full list of all the boxers from England and Wales that will be competing is listed below:
* Member of the GB Boxing Podium squad
**Member of the GB Boxing Podium Potential squad