'I'll travel anywhere to get a shot at world glory' declares Nicola Adams ahead of Canadian bout
PUBLISHED: 10:07 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:07 15 December 2017
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Great Britain's Olympic boxing heroine Nicola Adams has set her sights on a world title in 2018.
The two-time Olympic champion is fighting Soledad Macedo on the undercard of Hatfield’s Billy Joe Saunders’s world title defence in Canada in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It is her third professional fight and her first outside of England and while she is looking to learn from the experience, she insists this is just one step on the road to a glittering gold belt.
“Fighting overseas for the first time as a pro is something you dream about as a kid and it’s amazing to be doing it on the undercard of such a huge world title fight,” said Adams.
“What’s even better is that it’s on the undercard of a British World Champion and a fellow Olympian.
“Saunders is one of the best natural boxers in the World and I’m confident he’ll be bringing the belt home with him.
“I’d love to be fighting for a world title of my own next year.
“If it was up to me I would be fighting for a world title tomorrow but I need to take my time and listen to the advice of my team.
“Fighting for a world title in my hometown of Leeds would be an absolute dream come true for me, but I’ll travel anywhere to get a shot at world glory.”
‘The Lioness’ has made a perfect start to her professional career, outpointing Virginia Noemi Carcamo on her debut at the Manchester Arena in April before stopping Maryan Salazar at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
She is now aiming to end the year in style against Uruguay’s Macedo.
She said: “I’ve loved every minute of my first year as a professional boxer. It’s been a steep learning curve and I’m constantly developing and improving as a fighter.
“My next opponent is very experienced but I’m determined to steal the show and end 2017 on a high.”
The fight can be viewed on BT Sport 2 HD and BoxNation from 2am this Sunday.