Nicola Adams talks time-keeping error, potential Katie Taylor fight on Pound for Pound Podcast

Joe Hewlett 23/05/2018
Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams delighted the Leeds faithful as she blasted out former three-world title challenger Soledad del Valle Frias in the opening round at Elland Road.

The two-time Olympic champion extended her record to 4-0 after an impressive left to the body ended proceedings.

However, the victory ended in controversial circumstances after the contest ended two minutes and 45 seconds into round one, despite each round only scheduled to last two minutes.

Popular boxing podcast, Pound for Pound, exclusively spoke to Adams and asked for her thoughts on the ring announcers huge error.

“I didn’t realize. I train for three-minute rounds anyway so it felt pretty normal for me,” Adams laughed when speaking to presenters Jake Wood and Spence Oliver.

“The fight was going to get stopped anyway, whether it be in the first or the second, it was going to end the same way.”

Adams admitted she relished the chance to showcase her skills against the South American on the weekend and is expecting to mount a challenge to become World Champion later this year.

She said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better win. It was amazing to have all that support, it was good. It shows the class I have (to defeat Frias) people think I need another step up in levels opponent but that was a big step up.

“I’d love to go for a world title this year. We going to have a sit down and discuss the next fight or the one after that and sort the schedules out.

“There’s a couple of them to choose from but I don’t mind, either way, I want to unify the division and I’ll be coming for them all, so I don’t mind who comes first.”

Katie Taylor is also flying the flag high for women’s boxing. The Irish ‘Bray Bomber’ picked up her second world title in April, defeating Victoria Bustos in New York to become the IBF and WBA lightweight champion.

But, Adams who is promoted by Frank Warren, cooled speculation of a potential dust-up between the duo.

She said: “It’s a bit of a jump up in weight. I fight at 112lb, she’d have to come down a lot in weight. You can’t really move up too far because you don’t know how it’s going to affect you.

“I’m quite fast at the moment, I don’t know whether my speed would transfer, if I’d be slower or the weight would be too much, especially because the weight gap is so big.”

To listen to the full episode featuring Adams, presented by Jake Wood and Spencer Oliver, click here.