Nicola Adams has announced her retirement from boxing at the age of 37.
Adams, a two-time Olympic champion and the current WBO flyweight champion, penned an open letter to her local newspaper the Yorkshire Evening Post, explaining continuing to fight would risk “irreparable damage and permanent vision loss”.
Adams became the first woman to win Olympic gold in boxing when he took the flyweight title at London 2012. She returned to defend her crown in Rio four years later before turning professional in 2017.
After winning her first four bouts, Adams won the WBO interim title after a points decision over Isabel Millan in October 2018.
She became full champion when belt holder Arely Mucino was forced to withdraw from their bout due to injury.
“I’m immensely honoured to have represented our country – to win double Olympic gold medals and then the WBO championship belt is a dream come true,” Adams wrote.
“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.
“It has been an honour to compete on the global stage, and it has been a privilege to fight against such remarkable athletes. Whilst I am proud of my achievements, the unwavering belief from everyone in my corner, is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life.
“To my wonderful team, I would not be the fighter I am today without your encouragement and understanding – what you have taught me goes beyond the ring. Particularly special thanks go to the wonderful Alwyn Belcher, my coach and personal mentor of many years.
“Hanging up my gloves was always going to hard, but I have never felt luckier, And I’m so immensely proud of how far the sport has come.”