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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