Nicola Adams is the new World champion

Nicola Adams
Nicola Adams speaks to John Dennen after a personal triumph at the World championships in Kazakhstan

NICOLA ADAMS won the gold medal on Friday at the Women’s World championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Adams prevailed over Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in a tense encounter in the 51kgs final at the Barys Arena. Nicola moved forward behind her jab, measured the Thai out with a one-two and gradually picked out the openings in Laopeam’s defence. But the Thai never let her grow comfortable, working in a few shots, notably in the fourth and last round. The decision was split but ultimately Leapeam could not stop Adams taking the win.

This was a milestone for Adams. She may be the reigning Olympic gold medallist but after three silvers this was Nicola’s first World championship triumph. “Absolutely amazing, I’m absolutely overwhelmed with joy. I can’t believe I’ve done it. World champion. I’ve completed the set. I did it. I’m still in shock,” she told Boxing News.

“This was more personal for me. Like I said before, I had three silvers in the Worlds and I just wanted the gold, I just wanted the gold so bad. I was just so determined I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from getting this gold medal and I did it. History has been created.”

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