TODAY Britain’s most celebrated amateur boxer, Nicola Adams OBE, announced her decision to turn professional with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren.
The news was revealed at a London press conference today hosted by Mr Warren and his new broadcast partner BT Sport, who will televise Adams’ professional bouts in the UK.
The double Olympic gold medallist and flag bearer for women’s boxing, will appear in the professional code for the first time on Saturday April 8 at the Manchester Arena on an event headlined by Terry Flanagan’s WBO World lightweight championship defence against Petr Petrov.
Adams will then fight in her home City of Leeds on Saturday May 13 at the First Direct Arena, on a bill headlined by local boxing hero and WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington. Both events will be simulcast live on BT Sport and BoxNation in the UK.
The hugely-popular Adams will campaign at flyweight and is determined to match her unprecedented amateur achievements in the paid ranks and rise to become a professional world champion.
Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren said: “Of all of all the signings I have made in my 35 years in the sport of boxing, this is among the most I have been excited about.
“Nicola is a national icon already and is without doubt Great Britain’s most successful amateur boxer of all time. She is a tremendous fighter and has a wonderful personality that lit up both Olympic Games where she captured two consecutive gold medals.
“I am absolutely delighted that this excellent role model has decided to turn professional with me, and entrust me and my broadcast partner BT Sport to guide and showcase what I’m sure will be a fabulous professional career, in which we intend to lead her to become a multiple world champion and build considerably on her already tremendous legacy in the sport.”
Nicola Adams OBE said: “I’m so excited to be announcing my first professional fight. This is the next step on my journey and to be working with BT Sport and Frank Warren is amazing. Together we can help take woman’s boxing to a new levels and I can’t wait to get to get in the ring in April and start working towards becoming a world champion one day.”