Anthony Joshua predicts Nicola Adams will win gold at Rio 2016

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Anthony Joshua is expecting fellow Olympic champion Nicola Adams to surpass his achievement and retain her gold medal at Rio 2016.

The London 2012 super-heavyweight winner watched his former team-mate move into the Women’s Flyweight final by out-pointing China’s Cancan Ren in the semi-final.

Adams, who was the first ever female to win a boxing gold medal four years ago, will face Sarah Ourahmoune of France in Saturday’s final.

Joshua, who turned professional after winning gold, was at ringside to see the Leeds golden girl make it two wins out of two, in the 48-51kg competiton, and has no doubt his friend will repeat her historic performance and strike gold again.

“I am not being biased either but Nicola makes things look easy – when everyone knows how phenomenal all these fighters are,” he told the BBC.

“She has won the gold before, she’s won European Championships, she’s making history and doing it with a smile on her face. I really do believe she will repeat history, like she did in 2012.

“She’s got two days so that will be good for her because it will fuel her, charge up her batteries and fuel-up her engine and I am predicting another gold medal for her.

“Nicola is one in a million. She’s a cool cat and she’ll just be relaxing as usual but she’s come to win the gold and she’s nearly there.”

Joshua arrived in Rio on Monday and has already seen Joshua Buatsi secure Light-Heavyweight bronze and could watch former sparring partner Joe Joyce follow in his super-heavyweight footsteps and reach Sunday’s +91kg final.

Joyce takes on Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan in Friday’s semi-final with at least a bronze already in the bag but the professional IBF world heavyweight champion is expecting Adams to be the first Team GB boxer to win gold.

Joshua watched France’s Ourahmoune book her final spot with a split decision win over Ingrit Valencia Victoria of Columbia and although he admits defensive fighters seem to score well with the judges in Rio, he has no doubt Adams can handle anything.

“I am sure Nicola is familiar with the French lady who won and she is facing next because the French and the England teams spar a lot together,” he said.

“She looks like an aggressive fighter when she’s on the attack but on the defence she is very relaxed so I think Nicola is the sort of fighter that will control her with the jab, keep her busy and keep her thinking, so she doesn’t give her the chance to attack and score points.