Nicola Adams set to fight for world title at Leicester Arena

Last Updated August 02 2018, 14:31Boxing
Nicola Adams looks on after stopping Soledad Del Valle Frais at Elland Road
Nicola Adams looks on after stopping Soledad Del Valle Frais at Elland Road

Nicola Adams will fight for a world or interim world title in only her fifth professional fight at the Leicester Arena on October 6.

An opponent for the double Olympic gold medallist, 35, is set to be confirmed next week, but Adams' preparations for the biggest night of her professional career have already begun.

She has relocated to the Ingle Gym in Sheffield to train under Dominic Ingle after the San Francisco-based Virgil Hunter's health struggles meant that she could no longer work with the respected American.

Her move there has even led to her sparring WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, and she said: "I've been telling everybody for a while that I'm ready and that I want to step up in class and show the world what I can do.

"I'm ready to go. I've been asking Frank (Warren) for a while to get me a world title and hopefully on October 6 it's going to be my time.

"I'm based in Sheffield with Dominic Ingle; training's going really well. I used to train there (elsewhere in Sheffield) as an amateur so it's nothing new to me.

"I'm getting good sparring, good training, and I can see me coming home with a win.

"I spar the juniors, I've done a couple of rounds with Billy. Everybody spars everybody there - there's no exceptions.

"You learn a lot - there's different styles, what shots they throw. I'm picking up new things all the time. You're never the finished article."

Promising heavyweight Daniel Dubois, 20, will fight America's Kevin Johnson on the undercard when he fights for the ninth time.

Johnson was previously used to test Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora and lost to each, and Dubois said: "I train very hard in the gym, I'm improving all the time as a fighter.

"I've still got a bit of time, a bit of learning to do. But I'm not far off at all."

Warren, who promotes Adams and Dubois, explained: "Our double Olympic gold medallist will be fighting for a world title or interim world title but we can't announce the opponent next week, because of a contractual situation."

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