Nicola Adams blazed the trail for women in boxing.
The double Olympic champion Nicola Adams has announced her retirement after being told she risks losing her eyesight, The Guardian reports.
She said she had no regrets, despite the impact the sport has had on her health.
“I’m immensely honored to have represented our country – to win double Olympic gold medals and then the WBO championship belt is a dream come true,” Adams wrote in an open letter to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “But it’s not without taking its toll on my body, and aside from the expected aches and pains, I’ve been advised that any further impact to my eye would most likely lead to irreparable damage and permanent vision loss.”
The 37-year-old won the WBO flyweight world title after turning professional following her gold medals representing England at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics.
When she took up the sport at the age of 12 in 1995, the British Amateur Boxing Association did not allow women to take part in sanctioned bouts and women’s boxing was not in the Olympics. The rules only changed in 1997. Adams become the first female boxer ever to represent England.