Nicola Adams will box for England at the European Union Championships, in what will be her first competitive appearance since claiming gold at London 2012.

The 30-year-old Olympic champion is the -51kg defending champion, and will attempt to claim the title for a second consecutive time in Hungary next month. 

Leeds-born fighter Adams, who has been out of action since having surgery on her right hand at the end of last year, became the first woman ever to gain an Olympic boxing gold medal when she won the flyweight title in London.

She will start her European campaign when the tournament gets underway in Keszthely on July 1.

"The time since winning the Olympic gold has been an absolutely fantastic experience," said Adams. "But it is now time to get back to business and I am really looking forward to stepping back into the ring and competing again.

"There are still so many things I want to achieve as a boxer and defending my EU title is the start of the next phase of my career."

Adams will perform alongside three other members of the Team GB Boxing's Podium squad - the group of elite amateur fighters considered to have the potential to win medals at major international events. 

Those fighters include two of Adams' London Olympic team-mates - Natasha Jonas and 2012 middleweight world champion Savannah Marshall - along with Lisa Whiteside, who joined the Podium squad in April.  

 

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