WOMEN’S boxing star Amanda Coulson today hailed the “absolutely massive achievement” of Nicola Adams striking London 2012 gold.
Adams became the first female Olympic boxing champion when she beat China’s Cancan Ren 16-7 in the flyweighht final at the ExCel Arena.
Coulson, a friend and GB team-mate of the London-based Leeds girl, was in London to provide expert comment on the boxing for Sky Sports.
And the Hartlepool fighter said: “It was an absolutely massive achievement.
“She has done herself, her family, Team GB and the nation proud.
“It was fantastic for Team GB but it will have done wonders for the sport.
“But the great thing was, Nicky did not just win, she dominated every round.
“No-one expected a fight like that – every bout they have had has been close, just a couple of points between them, and Cancan is a fabulous boxer.
“But you could see through the tournament the confidence Nicky had has grown and she was in brilliant form.
“She got the tactics right and her performance was amazing.”
Women’s boxing is already growing in popularity but Coulson believes this success could be a watershed.
“It’s massive,” said the 28-year-old Catholic Club star.
“The first ever Olympic women’s boxing medal has gone to GB and Nicola Adams.
“I think you will see numbers incease of girls boxing and our sport will grow further and get bigger.”