Women's boxing icon Adams retires over sight fears

  • Women's boxing icon Adams retires over sight fears

Women's boxing icon Adams retires over sight fears

Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams withdrew from boxing amid fears that further damage to her eye could cause irreversible loss of vision.

In July, Adams became a world champion for the first time in her professional career when Arely Mucino was unable to defend her title and the Briton, having been the mandatory challenger, was awarded the belt.

The Briton, 37, became the first female Olympic champion when she won gold at London 2012, retaining her flyweight title at Rio 2016.

After turning pro at the age of 35 in 2017, Adams comfortably won her first four fights and was rewarded with a shot at the interim WBO world title in Leicester in October 2018.

But she has now been advised to hang up her gloves at the age of 37.

"I'm immensely honoured to hold represented our nation - to prefer double Olympic gold medals and then the WBO championship belt is a dream strategy honest", she wrote.

"To my wonderful team, I would not be the fighter I am today without your encouragement and understanding - what you have taught me goes beyond the ring. But it's not without taking its toll on my body". She will go down as one of the British Boxing's true pioneers.

The win against Isabel Millan would eventually see her crowned world champion after the previous title holder suffered an injury.

In announcing her retirement on social media, she said, "Hanging up my gloves was always going to be hard, but I have never felt luckier".