Women’s boxing icon Adams retires due to medical advice

Adams became the first woman to win Olympic gold in her sport

Adams became the first woman to win Olympic gold in her sport

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.

Two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams has retired from boxing over fears she could lose her sight.

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

The 37-year-old, who became the first-ever women's Olympic boxing champion at London 2012 when she took the flyweight crown, said she was abandoning her hopes of winning a third gold next year in Tokyo.

Adams said in his letter: "I have made the hard decision to give up the ring".

"However it absolutely's no longer without taking its toll on my body, and with the exception of the expected aches and peril, I've been told that any extra affect to my glimpse would in all likelihood lead to irreparable ruin and eternal vision loss".

Her last appearance came in September at the Royal Albert Hall in London where she drew with Maria Salinas in her first defence as a world champion. She will go down as one of the British Boxing's true pioneers.

She retained her title in Rio four years later and went on to win the WBO flyweight belt after turning professional two years ago.

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

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