Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams announces retirement from boxing

The Briton was advised that further impact to her eye could result in "irreparable" damage.

By Sanjeev Palar ·

Two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams has announced her retirement from boxing.

The Briton claimed the honour of becoming the first female Olympic boxing champion when she claimed gold at London 2012. Adams went on to retain her flyweight title at Rio 2016.

The 37-year-old, who turned professional in 2017, announced on social media on Wednesday (6th November) that she had decided to retire from the sport for medical reasons.

"I've been advised that any further impact to my eye would most likely lead to irreparable damage and permanent vision loss" - Nicola Adams

Adams beat three-time world champion Ren Cancan in the final at London 2012, to win the first of her Olympic golds.

The bout was watched by 16,000 fans at her home Games.

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Adams then became the first British boxer for 92 years to retain an Olympic title, by winning in Rio.

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She also claimed World, European, and Commonwealth Games titles.

After turning pro, Adams went on to claim the WBO world flyweight title.

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."

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