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Now Nicola Adams is boxing for gold
Nicola Adams has ensured herself of at least a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The former Bradford College student again won all four rounds to defeat five-times world champion Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte of India 11-6 in her semi-final of the women's 51kg flyweight division at ExCel.
The No 2 seed from Leeds will now meet top seed and old foe Ren Cancan in tomorrow's clash for the gold medal, the Chinese woman beating Marlen Esparza of the United States 10-8 in the semi-final which preceded Adams' bout.
After both fighters were roared to the ring, Indian superstar Kom went straight on the offensive, but the early moments were messy as the Indian sought to muscle up close and was repelled by the much bigger Adams.
The Briton's major reach advantage helped her score with a pair of left jabs, but Kom made light of the size discrepancy by landing a right hand of her own as Adams took the opening round 3-1 on the scoreboard.
Adams continued to box smartly in the second, two big right uppercuts helping her stretch her lead by a further point to 5-2 at the halfway stage, and wobbled Kom with a left in the third as the Indian was forced to be less cautious.
Adams took an 8-4 lead into the last round, and Kom admirably kept searching for a way through until the dying moments, but Adams was too clever to let her big chance slip and saw the fight out for a comprehensive 11-6 win.
Among the crowd were Prime Minister David Cameron and former Olympic boxing champion Amir Khan.