13 Aug 2012

Captivated by boxing's Nicola 'Babyface' Adams

I was in France when she won, this diminutive, smiling boxer. The commentator told us she was 29, but she looked 10 years younger to me.

But I was captivated, not only by her victory but by her simple humanity after it.

Today a rare dream came true: I got to meet Nicola Adams, gold medal flyweight Olympian.

I was in the Olympic village to talk to the last man to win gold for Team GB, heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua. She was sitting next to him. I interviewed them both, together with the third gold medallist, Luke Campbell.

I told Nicola I didn’t believe she was 29. She said: “I know. That’s why my nickname is ‘Babyface’.”

Even her gumshield says “Babyface”…

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