Nicola Adams 'Paving the Way' for
future generations in Great Britain
by Michael O'Neill
(Photo credit: Courtesy/
November 10, 2016
(NOV 10) Winning Gold again
in Rio meant that Nicola Adams, the 34 years old from Leeds,
became the first British boxer to retain an Olympic Gold title
since Londoner Harry Mallin 92 years ago and as the British
awards season has just begun we can be sure that further honours
will be bestowed on the modest Yorkshire native.
Last week she received the prestigious MOBO ‘Paving The way’
award from Sir Lenny Henry and later visited Cookridge Street in
Leeds where the paving stone is set, accompanied there by the
awards founder Kanya King.
On receiving the award from Sir Lenny, World & Olympic campion
Adams said: “It’s so nice to be receiving it just because I’ve
worked so hard and paving the way for other girls so they don’t
have to struggle coming up in boxing and there’s a path for them
“They know they can box for England, go to Boxing GB and
hopefully be at the Olympics and hopefully win some more gold
She recalled her days as a 12 years old hoping to break the
barriers and become a boxer:
"I was told, if your dreams don't come true, you can be a
"Women should be in the kitchen. Women shouldn't be allowed to
"And my favourite one is - why don't you just go play tennis?"
Looking back at those days she smiled and said it sounded funny
now but that was what life was like then and she was determined
to fulfil her dream.
"But I evolved, I knew I wanted to create a path so girls could
"And I'm standing here now receiving this award, and this is
what I say:
“Tell me I can't, and that's why I will."
Later with MOBO Awards founder Kanya King in Leeds City Centre
next to her Gold Post Box (awarded to London 2012 Gold
medallists) Adams went on to
“Leeds is where I made myself a champion. When girls follow in
my footsteps, they know the path is there for them, they know
they can become an Olympic champion. If I can, they can, and I’m
so proud that I’m able to show them that.
“It’s been the icing on the cake for me to receive this from
MOBO, a movement that I’ve always been inspired by. I really
believe in creating a path that the next generation of talent
can follow and want to continue giving something back to my
As we told you here on WBAN earlier this week there are
indications that Nicky may soon join Claressa Shields, Franchon
Crews, Tiara Brown, Victoria Torres and Katie Taylor in the Pro
ranks. Matchroom Boxing supremo Eddie Hearn has told British
media that he has been “in discussion” with the Yorkshire woman
and is hopeful that contractual arrangements can be finalised in
Adams though, unlike Shields, Crews, Torres, Brown and Taylor is in
no immediate hurry to seal a deal as she is likely to pick up
further prestigious awards in the weeks ahead, all of which
would greatly enhance her ‘value’ and as she’d be 37 come Tokyo
this might be the time to turn Pro rather than wait and hope to
make it three in a row in Tokyo.
Said Matchroom’s Hearn:
“I've spoken to Sky about Nicola Adams and they are interested,
which is a change from the old-school mentality.
"I want to find out what she wants to do and I'm sure we could
get her a world title fight.
"With Nicola, a lot of people will be interested in the debut
and after three or four fights, she could headline in her home
city of Leeds for a world title.
"I think she is ready to go pro and if she genuinely wants to
become a world champion and that is a real goal of hers, I think
it can be done."
Kanya King and Sir Lenny Henry introduce Mobo Awards winner 2016
to Olympic champion Nicola Adams (courtesy You Tube) :