After signing a contract with Frank Warren, double-Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is aiming to emulate her idol, Heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali.

Adams enjoyed an impeccable career for Team GB before turning professional, winning gold in London and Rio, and becoming a spearhead for women’s boxing.

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Speaking after Monday’s BoxNation and BT Sport launch press conference, she said: “I’ve achieved everything that I wanted to achieve as an amateur boxer. I became World, European and Commonwealth Champion and double-Olympic Champion! Plus leaving the sport ranked number one to top it off.”

Back when Ali was named Cassius Clay he won Light-Heavyweight gold at the 1960 Games in Rome, and then continued his success in the paid ranks.

“My hero was Muhammad Ali,” stated Adams. “He went on from being an Olympic Champion to being a World Champion. I’d love to be able to emulate my hero and do that as well.

“Everybody that’s followed me from my amateur career, then following me into my professional journey will see the challenges I’m going to face. It’ll be lovely to be able to headline a show one day, and maybe even box in Vegas!”

Tickets are now on sale for the 34-year-old’s much-anticipated debut at the Manchester Arena on April 8th. Adams is alongside good company on the bill, as Terry Flanagan defends his World Title and Liam Smith meets Liam Williams in a real 50/50 scrap.

Adams added: “When I had a few meetings with Frank Warren and BT Sport, they actually believed in my dream to bring women’s boxing to the next level and to become a World Champion.”

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