Nicola Adams: Double Olympic champion to face Mexican in Leeds over longer rounds

Nicola Adams
Nicola Adams will be looking to win her second professional fight, as she fights over longer rounds
Adams v Salazar
Date: Saturday, 13 May Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds Time: Ring walk 20:55 BST
Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Britain's double Olympic champion Nicola Adams wants to impress her home fans when she takes on Mexico's Maryan Salazar in Leeds on Saturday.

The fight, Adams' second as a professional and first in her home city for 20 years, will be over four three-minute rounds, rather than the usual two-minute rounds for women.

"I've looked at videos of my opponent and I know her style and I hope she'll come out confident and trying to win because I want to make sure I put on a great show for my fans," she said.

"Nights like Saturday are what I got into boxing for and what I turned professional for. I want to be fighting in the big-time and hopefully one day I will emulate my idols and fight in Las Vegas."

The flyweight voiced her frustration with two-minute rounds after beating Virginia Carcamo last month.

Adams, 34, says the extra minute in each round will give her a chance to try out things she has learnt in the gym.

She said: "I had two minutes to find my rhythm, distance and take out my opponent. It's not enough time.

"I found, by the end of the rounds, I needed a couple more seconds and it would be over.

"Now we have three minutes, I'm able to relax more, establish the jab, find the rhythm properly and really get in the swing of things."

Salazar, 18, has lost once in six professional contests.

On the same card, WBC international featherweight champion Josh Warrington defends his title against Spain's Kiko Martinez.

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