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Boxing: An Olympic boxing champion is sincere: “I had a hammer under the bed in case I had to help my mother”

Updated 11/09/2021 - 12:16 LBritish boxer Nicola Adams, double Olympic champion, has revealed in a 90-minute documentary, directed by Helena Coan


Updated
11/09/2021 –
12:16

LBritish boxer Nicola Adams, double Olympic champion, has revealed in a 90-minute documentary, directed by Helena Coan, the episodes of violence that she experienced in her childhood from her father and how helped her at that time in her life.

Adams assures in that sense that “boxing gave me a career, the opportunity to protect myself, to lift my family and me out of poverty. If it weren’t for boxing, I don’t know where I would be now.”

Because the British woman had to face numerous situations of violence in her childhood, first with his father and later with other partners of his mother. “My dad hit me and it wasn’t until my mom, my brother, and I left, and I started boxing, that things changed,” says Adams, who now admits that he went so far as to tell his mother to murder his father to end your anguish.

When I was five my mom and dad were fighting and I tried to step in and protect my mom

Nicola Adams, in the documentary

The boxer relates that when she was five years old, “my mom and dad were fighting and I tried to intervene and protect my mom. I tried to hit my dad with a small plastic sword, but they pushed me out.” Adams’s father did not agree to appear in the documentary, although a note appears at the end of the film in which it says that “Nicola’s father maintains that he was never violent towards Nicola or his mother. He says the accusations are false.”

For this reason, Adams saw in boxing a refuge. “Boxing gave me that courage and made me think that if something happened again I could protect myself and my family. Boxing also became my safe space because there was a coach I saw every day. It was like I had a second family. “.

If it wasn’t for boxing, I don’t know where I’d be right now

Nicola Adams

Other later partners of Nicola’s mother also exercised violence in the family. Therefore, the boxer admits that “he was also quite violent and aggressive, and it was at the point where I decided to sleep with a hammer under my bed, in case I had to help my mother. I could not understand why, after all the abuse and everything that we had suffered with my dad was happening again. “

Afterward, Adams had a successful career, with two Olympic golds, until he retired in November 2019 due to an eye injury that endangered his vision if he continued competing.

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