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Nicola Adams retires from boxing due to fears of vision loss

08 November 2019

Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams has retired from boxing due to concerns she could lose her sight.

Adams penned an commence letter to her native newspaper, the Yorkshire Evening Post, whereby she printed that persevering with her in-ring profession risked serious ruin.

Briton Adams became the first female Olympic boxing champion when she won gold on home soil at the 2012 London Games.

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"I have been informed that any additional impact on my eye would probably lead to irreparable damage and permanent loss of vision". But it's not without taking its toll on my body, and aside from the expected aches and pains.

The Leeds boxer's last fight was on 28 September when she retained her WBO title following a split-decision draw with Mexico's Maria Salinas.

"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".

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Adams made history at the London Olympics seven years ago, becoming the first woman to win Olympic gold in boxing.

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

Adams, who successfully defended her title in Rio, had embarked on a successful professional career and in 2018, within 18 months of doing so, had won a world title - the vacant WBO flyweight belt.

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Adams ends her professional career with an unbeaten record of five wins and one draw.

Nicola Adams retires from boxing due to fears of vision loss