The first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal, Nicola Adams of Britain, announced that she would retire from the sport at the age of 37 due to vision concerns.
Nicola Adams has announced her departure from the world of boxing. In fact in a letter to the Yorkshire Evening Post on Wednesday, the two-time Olympic boxing champion reviewed her achievement in the sport and said she was proud of what she had accomplished, while adding that boxing had had a negative impact on her health, reports Reuters quoted by Al Jazeera.
“I was told that any further impact on my eye would most likely result in irreparable damage and permanent vision loss,” said Adams, who won the vacant WBO fly weight title in July. “I am immensely honoured to have represented our country: winning the double Olympic gold medal, then the WBO Championship belt is a dream come true… But it’s not without harming my body. Hanging on to my gloves was a tough task, but I’ve never felt luckier and I’m extremely proud of how far I’ve come in the sport,” she continued. Adams ended his professional career with an unbeaten record of five wins and a draw.