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Nicola Adams on overcoming adversity, winning gold and the joys of motherhood

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From making history in women’s sport to becoming a two-time Olympic boxing champion, Nicola Adams is undoubtedly a trailblazer.

And while she may have hung up the boxing gloves professionally in recent years, the fighter has plenty more on her to-do list.

Leeds born and bred, Nicola began boxing at just 12 years old and had to, quite literally, fight her way through a male-dominated industry.

But as she sits down with OK! ringside after putting us through our paces in a tough Bodyform boxing class, it’s clear that the sportswoman – who beams from ear to ear throughout our chat – is as soft-centred as they come. “I started boxing because my mum couldn’t get a babysitter for me and my brother, so she dropped us at an after-school gym class, and I fell in love,” recalls Nicola of her first interaction with the sport.

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