Olympic boxing: Nicola Adams faces Sarah Ourahmoune in women’s flyweight final

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Nicola Adams can go down in history again if she picks up Rio 2016 gold by beating France’s Sarah Ourahmoune in the women’s flyweight final.

The Leeds golden girl was of course the first-ever female to be crowned Olympic boxing champion four years ago, but this time she will be the first to retain her title.

American star Claresa Shield is expected to do the same, but with her final on Sunday evening, Adams could pip her to a place in the record books – at 6pm on Saturday.

The 30-year-old could also become Team GB’s first boxing gold medallist in another bumper Olympic bonanza. Men’s super-heavyweight Joe Joyce could so the same on Sunday if he beats Tony Yoka in the second leg of the Anglo-French battle. 

It may well be 34-year-old Ourahmoune’s first Olympics – she became a mother in 2012 – but it is not the first time these two have met on the big stage, with Adams coming out on top in the 2011 European Championships final to take gold and leave her opponent with a silver.

The French girl, though, was crowned world champion back in 2006 and even though she had to settle for bronze in this year’s World Amateur Championships, she was beaten in the semi-finals as Adams won her fifth straight major tournament.

Ourahmoune has won all her three fights at Riocentra Pavilion 6, culminating in the split-decision success over Ingrit Valencia Victoria of Columbia, with Anthony Joshua watching on.

The 2012 super-heavyweight winner will be cheering her friend Adams from ringside and is expecting her to add her name to a long an illustrious list of boxers to retain their Olympic medals.

“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 told the BBC.

“She (Ourahmoune) 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.”

“I am predicting another gold medal for her.”

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