Nicola Adams on verge of history again

Nicola Adams is one step from glory

Nicola Adams is one step from glory

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NICOLA Adams is one fight away from making more women’s boxing history after cruising into the final of the flyweight competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The former Bradford College student from Leeds served up a classy display to comprehensively outpoint Mandy Bujold of Canada and is one win from being crowned the Games’ first women’s boxing champion.

Adams will take on Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh at the 10,000 capacity Hydro Arena tomorrow – a venue twice the size as the one in which she claimed Olympic glory at London 2012.

Adams said: “It’s going to be exciting boxing in front of such a big crowd but I know what it’s like and I will be taking that experience into the ring with me.

“The first time round it was all new to me but now I’m a lot more experienced and I’m prepared for it.”

Walsh edged a tight and absorbing contest against India’s Pinki Jangra to realise her long-held dream of a gold medal clash with Adams.

The Belfast 21-year-old struggled initially to get to grips with her opponent’s come-forward style but looked more at ease in the later stages and did just enough to deserve her victory.

Walsh said: “Months ago I said my dream was to fight Nicola Adams in the Commonwealth final and when I go to bed I will dream of that gold medal hanging round my neck.

“I know if I perform to the best of my ability I can beat her. She is the golden girl and I’m only a baby but in the ring it’s a different story.”

England boxer Joe Joyce is guaranteed at least a silver medal after being given a walkover into the men’s super-heavyweight final.

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