Boxing: Adams wants to inspire

Nicola Adams insists her quest to inspire a whole new generation of British female boxing talent is just getting started as she plots to plenty more over the next 12 months.

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Adams will turn her attention north of the border in 2014 as women's boxing makes its long-awaited debut at the Commonwealth Games, before moving on to Edmonton in Canada two months later for the World Championships.

Few if any other British 2012 gold medallists have had such an obvious individual impact as Adams, who was in Liverpool this week as Hyundai ambassador supporting the Street League charity.

For all the plaudits and opportunities heading her way since her historic triumph in London, Adams still seems happiest in her role as a mentor for children who might one day follow in her footsteps.

Adams told Press Association Sport: "I love being a role model and it just makes me even more determined to go out and keep making history every time I fight.

"Next year is going to be a big year for me because there will be the opportunity to make more history in Glasgow by becoming the first women's boxing gold medallist at a Commonwealth Games.

"There are some good young female boxers in Scotland already and hopefully giving them the opportunity to come and watch women's boxing at first hand is going to inspire them to keep driving on.

"It has been quite a quiet year in 2013 after everything that happened in London, and I can't wait to get back into action. There's the World Championships as well which I'm yet to win so that's another big motivation for me."

While many stars from the Olympic debut of women's boxing, such as Ireland's Katie Taylor, will be absent from the Commonwealth Games, the same cannot be said for some of Adams' key rivals for the flyweight crown.

The extraordinary Indian fighter Mary Kom, a five-time world champion who was beaten by Adams in the semi-final in London and forced to settle for a bronze medal, has indicated her desire to compete in Glasgow.

Kom, from her nation's remote Manipur region, is herself seen as an inspiration in her homeland and is the subject of both an upcoming Bollywood biopic and a best-selling autobiography.

Adams is well aware of Kom's qualities and believes it is important that future generations of female fighters have female role models to look up as well as the historic male stars who so inspired Adams.

"My heroes were Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard and after I watched re-runs of them winning their Olympic gold medals I really wanted to go on and achieve it too.

"But it would be fantastic if girls had us to look up to in the future. Mary is a five-time world champion and gave me a tough match in London. It would be a great fight if we were to meet again in Glasgow."

:: Hyundai UK ambassador Nicola Adams was speaking at the launch of football charity Street League's latest Academy programme in Liverpool funded by the automotive company. For more information visit streetleague.co.uk



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