07 August 2019

'The door is open' for Adams to compete in Tokyo Olympics, says GB trainer McCracken

Great Britain's performance director Rob McCracken says he is open to the idea of Nicola Adams returning to the amateur set-up for the Tokyo 2020.

The 36-year-old has already made history when she became the first woman to win two Olympic gold medals in boxing.

But she has hinted at the possibility of returning to have a crack at a third when she posted a video on social media of the Tokyo gold medal and said: "I wonder how this would look on my mantlepiece."

McCracken responded to the speculation by telling BBC Sport: "If Nicky wanted to talk we're always willing to listen to her but there's nothing in it at the moment.

"The door is open at GB Boxing for sure. There's always a possibility for anybody.

"But up till now there's been no chats."

In his illustrious career as a coach, McCracken has led several fighters to gold medals in the amateurs and also guided professional fighters to world titles such as Carl Froch and Anthony Joshua.

It would appear a strange move for Adams to return to the amateur side of things given she is currently under contract with promoter Frank Warren and BT Sport.

What's more, she was recently crowned WBO World Flyweight Champion after just five fights as a pro.

But she can still qualify for the Olympics despite having fought as a professional providing she is picked by the British Olympic Association.

Adams is scheduled to defend her world title at the Royal Albert Hall on September 27, with an opponent yet to be announced.

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