Nicola Adams has announced she has turned professional as Team GB confirmed she had left their Olympic world class boxing performance programme.
The British boxer successfully defended her gold medal at the Rio Olympics last summer and has now decided the time is right to turn pro.
Adams was rumoured to be in line to follow Katie Taylor to Matchroom, but she has instead signed for Frank Warren’s promotion.
“I want to take women’s boxing to the next level, become a world champion and do great things.” she said.
“It’s going to be quite different: no headgear for one.”
“I have to create my own team now, but I’m really excited about doing that.”
Adams became the first British boxer since 1924 to retain an Olympic title when she won in Rio.
The Leeds-born fighter managed to win every major title at amateur level in 2016 as she took home her first world title.
Warren was with Adams as the announcement was made and admitted she helped change his mind about female boxing.
“I’ve not been the greatest advocate of women’s boxing. My head’s been turned.”
“I’ve had to eat humble pie, and thought ‘Are you a dinosaur?’ I’ve always appreciated any ladies who are fighting.”
“But what she (Adams) has done for me is turn my head.”
“Who am I to be the person to say I’m not going to do women’s boxing on BT?”
“She could probably win a world title now, but it’s about coming through and learning her trade.”
The 34-year-old will fight on April 8 and May 13 with her opponents yet to be announced.