Nicola Adams likely to face Lisa Whiteside at Nationals

Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams fights in the final of the lightweight women's category at London 2012
Adams followed up he Olympic gold medal with gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014

Nicola Adams will box on home soil for the first time since winning Olympic gold at London 2012 when she competes at the English National Championships in Liverpool from 24-26 April.

Adams is expected to face 2014 World Championships silver medallist Lisa Whiteside in the flyweight final as the pair bid to qualify for Rio 2016.

Olympic women's flyweight boxer Nicola Adams stands proudly with her gold medal
Nicola Adams displays her Olympic gold medal

"We tend to box overseas the vast majority of the time," said Adams.

"So to have the chance to compete in my home country again will be fantastic."

It is the first time in the event's 128-year history that the men and women's finals will be held as part of the same tournament.

Adams, 32, and Whiteside, 29, have never fought as seniors but are seeded to reach the final at the Echo Arena. The result could have an impact on who represents Great Britain in Rio.

England Boxing Squad
Women'sMen's
Nicola Adams Flyweight (51kg)Joe Maphosa Light-flyweight (48Kg)
Lisa Whiteside Flyweight (51kg)Muhammed Ali Flyweight (52kg)
Chantelle Cameron Lightweight (60kg)Peter McGrail Bantamweight (56kg)
Sandy Ryan Lightweight (60kg)Luke McCormack Lightweight (60kg)
Savannah Marshall Middleweight (75kg)Pat McCormack Light-welterweight (64kg)
Scott Fitzgerald Welterweight (69kg)
Troy Williamson Middleweight (75kg)
Joshua Buatsi Light-heavyweight (81kg)
Frazer Clarke Super-heavyweight (91kg+)

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