By Richard Luce at the London Excel Arena
A hitherto unknown black boxer has made history by becoming the first ever woman boxer to win an Olympic gold medal. Nicola Adams, 29, (flyweight) entered the ring today and outfought China’s Ren Cancan who is ranked the world’s Number One woman boxer in this category (51kg).
Among those who cheered her to victory was the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William’s wife and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg among many other celebrities. The Duke himself was not in sight. British Prime Minister David Cameron watched the bout on live TV at his official residence, No.10 Downing Street. Nicola, who has won the hearts and admiration of many Britons since she overcame five-time world champion Mary Kom of India whom she beat 11-6 on her way to the finals this afternoon with three-times world champion Cancan.
Adams dropped Ren in the second round on her way to a comprehensive Fly Weight victory against an opponent who had beaten her in each of the previous two World Championships finals. She made a superb start, producing much the cleaner work in the opening round, firing home a quick combination and a left hook and making it difficult for Ren to find her range as she bounced in and out of reach.
A beautiful straight left followed by a right hook towards the end of the round helped Adams into a deserved 4-2 lead, but it was far from over against the Chinese champion who stormed out for the second and landed a big right hand in a furious flurry of action. But the English girl was completely unfazed, landing with a beautiful countering left, then a right as she bullied the Chinese fighter onto the ropes and unleashed a left followed by a chopping right which dumped Ren to the canvas for a mandatory eight count.