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Rob McCracken: ‘Anthony Joshua knows there’s no room for error’

GB Boxing’s performance director, who also trains the former world heavyweight champion, has overseen major changes in the men’s and women’s games over the past 10 yearsWhile Rob McCracken sits through a meeting that is partly about Anthony Joshua’s ri…

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Nicola Adams’s skill and sunny outlook lit up an often acrid boxing world | Kevin Mitchell

Yorkshire fighter forged her star quality with a combination of ruthlessness in the ring and kindness and optimism outside itInterviewing Nicola Adams could be an unnerving experience. As her eyes sparkled, sweat dripping from a face seemingly too inno…

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Nicola Adams’ glittering boxing career – in pictures

As the double Olympic champion hangs up her gloves over eyesight fears we take a look back at the career of the first woman to win Olympic gold in her sport Continue reading…

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Nicola Adams’ glittering boxing career – in pictures

As the double Olympic champion hangs up her gloves over eyesight fears we take a look back at the career of the first woman to win Olympic gold in her sport Continue reading…

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Nicola Adams, two-time Olympic champion and boxing pioneer, retires – video report

Two-time olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams has retired. The current WBO flyweight world champion has been advised to stop due to eyesight issues. During a glittering career Adams broke new grounds, becoming the first woman to win Olympic gold in her…

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Nicola Adams, two-time Olympic champion and boxing pioneer, retires – video report

Two-time olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams has retired. The current WBO flyweight world champion has been advised to stop due to eyesight issues. During a glittering career Adams broke new grounds, becoming the first woman to win Olympic gold in her…

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Nicola Adams, two-time Olympic boxing champion, retires over eyesight fears

• Boxer advised to stop owing to eyesight issues• First woman to win Olympic gold in her sportNicola Adams, the two-time Olympic champion and current WBO flyweight world champion, has announced her retirement from boxing at the age of 37. Adams penned …

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Tyson Fury insists Deontay Wilder rematch still on cards despite ESPN deal

• Talks thrown into doubt by ‘exclusive’ broadcasting deal• Fury adamant fight is ‘more makeable now than ever’A proposed rematch with Deontay Wilder has been thrown into doubt after Tyson Fury announced a deal with ESPN that makes it the “exclusive” b…

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Nicola Adams: ‘I can’t start a family while I’m still boxing. But it’s something I’d like to do’

The double Olympic champion on early family battles, the psychology of the ring, and the two women who have been the bedrock of her lifeA tracksuited Nicola Adams walks into 34 Mayfair in the West End of London much in the way you’ve seen her approach …

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Nicola Adams in jackpot mode as she prepares for Las Vegas debut

Great Britain’s two-times Olympic gold medallist cannot stop smiling as she prepares to take on Alexandra Vlaik of Hungary on the Gennady Golovkin undercard

Professional boxing is not a business that encourages much levity, but Nicola Adams is so unrelentingly content and smilingly happy that it is tempting to wonder if she realises what she has got herself into.

Adams, the double Olympic gold medallist, makes her Las Vegas debut on Saturday night on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s showdown with Saul Álvarez, and she is taking the assignment seriously.

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Nicola Adams: ‘I’d love to see a woman headlining a boxing show’

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year contender became the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title in Rio and with the possibility of turning pro or a tilt at Tokyo 2020, she is not ready to call it a day yet

It is 20 August 2016 and something unusual is happening in the complex of buildings known as the Riocentro. Nicola Adams has just won the gold medal in the women’s flyweight division, beating France’s Sarah Ourahmoune on points to become the first Briton to retain an Olympic boxing title. But that is not the unusual bit, it is the fact that she is crying about it.

“I hadn’t cried for I don’t know how many years, it felt a bit odd,” says Adams recalling the moment with a trademark chuckle. “I got to the podium and I was so emotional I couldn’t help myself. I’m not a crier, I don’t even really get emotional, but I just remember thinking ‘Wow, I’ve done it’, and the last four years flashed back in front of me.”

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Nicola Adams left out of GB boxing squad and set to turn professional

• Olympic flyweight champion not in squad for European championships
• Adams has been in talks with promoters in both Britain and the US

Nicola Adams has been left out of the Great Britain squad for the European championships in Bulgaria later this month and is set to turn professional. The 34-year-old double Olympic champion has been in talks with promoters in both Britain and the US and while a deal is yet to be struck, a decision is believed to be imminent.

Related: Anthony Joshua vows to humble Eric Molina in IBF title fight

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Nicola Adams and Laura Trott among four more named in Fancy Bears hack

• Team GB gold medallists among four more Britons whose TUEs are listed
• Up to 44 other British athletes at risk of seeing information leaked

Four more British medallists in Rio – including two of the biggest stars of the team, the boxer Nicola Adams and cyclist Laura Trott – have had details of therapeutic use exemptions that allowed them to take banned substances for legitimate reasons leaked by Russian hackers.

Related: Mo Farah braced for release of medical data as part of Fancy Bears hack

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Nicola Adams: ‘I wish I’d told Muhammad Ali he was the reason I wanted to win gold’

The double Olympic boxing champion is also a style icon and LGBT role model. She talks about Team GB’s success – and swapping training for cake and clubbing

‘She looks bigger on the telly.” It’s a curious thing to say about a flyweight boxer with a fighting weight of 51kg (8st 1lb), but the training gym regular who has sidled over to my side of the ring for a better view of the double Olympic gold champion is right. Nicola Adams is even tinier than you think she’s going to be. Her stature – just shy of 1.62m (5ft 4in) in bouncy trainers – seems too small to contain it all: the Muhammad Ali shuffle, the Miss World smile, the megawatt punch.

Adams is dressed in the crisp, boxfresh aesthetic specific to athletes who have made it to business-class lounge level: slim grey marl tracksuit bottoms tucked into pristine white high-top trainers, sizeable diamond studs in her lobes, a fancy pair of gold headphones worn around the neck of her bright white T-shirt. For the portrait, she adds the finishing touches, first pulling on a navy Team GB hoodie and then, after digging around in the side pocket of a Louis Vuitton rucksack, her latest gold medal, which she pulls out of a thick black sock. “Stops it getting scratched,” she says, flashing me that Tinker Bell smile and looping it around her neck.

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Team GB’s Nicola Adams commands respect from all and sundry at Rio 2016

First woman to win gold in Olympic boxing starts her campaign to retain her medal against Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob

At first glance there is much that would appear to be unreconstructed about Rob McCracken. As his long-time friend and coaching assistant, Richie Woodhall, says: “He’s just a great gaffer to work for.”

McCracken talks as he boxed when compiling a 33-2 record as a professional: straight and uncomplicated. It is the language fighters understand with no frills and a lot of honesty but this is no working men’s club comedy act. McCracken can see the wider picture and that goes way beyond the traditional mores of the toughest sport.

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Team GB’s 29 gold medals from London 2012: where are those Olympians now?

From Helen Glover and Heather Stanning to Jason Kenny and Anthony Joshua, the golden achievers of four years ago have taken different directions since then – some to Rio, others to pastures and challenges new

The pair have gone from strength to strength since the London Games, continuing to dominate their field. Thriving under the guidance of Robin Williams, Stanning and Glover are undefeated together since 2011 and are the world champions, defending the title they won in Amsterdam in 2014 by powering their way to more glory in Aiguebelette last year. They also won their second successive gold at the European championships this year and could become the first British women rowers to defend an Olympic title successfully.

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50 faces to watch out for at the 2016 Rio Olympics: part one

From Nicola Adams to Jessica Ennis-Hill, via Usain Bolt, here are the first 10 of our 50 top names to watch as the summer’s biggest sporting event nears

In May, by winning the world flyweight title in Kazakhstan, Adams seized the last major title to have eluded her, meaning she heads to Rio as the reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Games champion, having also previously won European and EU golds. Times, it is fair to say, have changed in women’s boxing, and Adams has been at the vanguard of the transformation. When she won her first world medal in Ningbo, China in 2008, she did not even travel with a physio, but by the time she reached Astana she had an eight-strong support staff. Now, as a true titan of her sport, it is time to start winning those titles all over again. Will Macpherson

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The essential Olympic Games planner for Rio 2016

From Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill to Nicola Adams and Usain Bolt, here’s our guide on how to follow all of Team GB’s contenders and the big names across every event on every day of the Games – all times are in BST

Two days before the opening ceremony, the women’s football begins – starting early to make space for all the group games. So, officially, Sweden v South Africa is Rio’s curtain-raiser, at 5pm in the João Havelange Olympic Stadium. That is followed on the same pitch by the hosts Brazil versus China. There is no British interest – London 2012 was a Team GB football one-off.

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Nicola Adams heads up Team GB’s boxing squad for Rio Olympics

• Adams won gold at flyweight in London 2012
• Britain has largest Olympic boxing squad for 32 years

The Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams will headline Britain’s largest Olympic boxing squad in 32 years at the Rio Games. Britain, the third-most successful country in Olympic boxing, will have a 12-strong squad in Brazil, with 10 men and two women.

Related: Nicola Adams targets full gold-medal set before doubling up in Rio

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Nicola Adams: ‘After I won gold, I went to McDonald’s for the hell of it’

The Olympic and World champion boxer on her pre-packed diet – and why she won’t give up Frosties

I train for at least two hours, three times a day – weights, bench-press, push-ups, running, sparring, boxing sessions – so I must be burning off a lot of calories. But I don’t weigh myself too often – just once every day. I box at 51kg and so I have to keep officially within a 5% margin of that weight at all times, all year. Christmas is the hardest time, because there’s so much food around and I love chocolate. But I’ve always kept within my 5%, always.

I tell people, “I have to answer to my coach about anything and everything I eat”, and it’s pretty much true. All my meals are provided for me, in consultation with my coach and a nutritionist and set around my schedule. They and I know everything I’ll have from one day to the next, unless I occasionally swap an item around, like one evening’s fajitas for another’s spag bol. But I’m very strict with myself. I can tell them if I’d prefer spicier food, say, but otherwise I don’t have to plan, arrange or even think about what I eat, or how much, ever, because it’s all delivered to me, pre-prepared. Everything’s freshly made for freezing and guaranteed without additives or preservatives. It all arrives at my door, typically once a week, in a box. In the box are individual containers, all with labels explaining “Wednesday, lunch, Thai chicken and rice” or “Friday, breakfast, fruits”. I’ve done this for seven years. One thing I told them I wouldn’t give up is Frosties at breakfast. They’re non-negotiable. As a kid I was always picky about food; if it didn’t “look right” I wouldn’t eat it. Mum says I liked sticking to a routine.

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