Who is Nicola Adams? Commonwealth Games athlete and double Olympic boxing champion who’s joined Celebrity Bake Off?

NICOLA Adams won the top prize at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in her flyweight division, and won her first overseas fight in December 2017.

The Leeds icon is now facing up to a different challenge as she battles it out to be top baker in The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off for the next five weeks. Here's all you need to know about her…

 Nicola Adams turned pro after a phenomenal amateur boxing career

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Nicola Adams turned pro after a phenomenal amateur boxing career

How old is Nicola Adams and where is she from?

The hugely popular 35-year-old is from Leeds and has a Yorkshire accent as broad as her famous smile.

Adams’ parents separated when she was just 14.

Her mother Dee first sent her to a boxing gym when she needed help with some form of childcare while she worked.

But it was with her father that she first watched videos of Muhammad Ali and sparked an interest that would take her to the very top.

Is Nicola Adams taking part in The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off?

Yes! Nicola is taking part in the five-part series in aid of charity.

The boxer will be battling it out against a whole host of other celebrities including Russell Brand, Big Narstie and Jeremy Paxman.

It was first announced in October that the she would be taking part in the programme to raise awareness of the disease.

The celebrity spin-off of Channel 4’s popular baking show – hosted by Noel Fieldingand Sandi Toksvig – will see them battle it out beneath the iconic white tent in the name of charity.

The series will air every Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4 for the next 5 weeks.

How did Nicola Adams get into boxing?

At the age of 12, Nicola and her brother were taken to Burmantofts Boxing Club near Leeds, when mum Dee could not find a suitable babysitter while she went to work.

Her coach instantly warned her: “I won't treat you any differently from the boys; we're all boxers here." And it helped shape her brilliant career.

Dedicated Dee then took on multiple jobs to support the cost of Nicola's life and training.

 The Leeds superstar won back-to-back Olympic golds

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The Leeds superstar won back-to-back Olympic golds

What is Nicola Adams’ boxing record?

Adams has two Olympic golds, from London and Rio.

She became the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title for 92 years by winning gold in the women's flyweight final in 2016.

Adams also has a gold medal from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She has picked up first-place finishes in World Championships, European Championships and European Games.

She also picked up three silver medals in the World Championships and one in the European Championships in a glittering career.

Since turning professional, Nicola has won her first three fights.

She beat Virginia Noemi Carcamo on points in Manchester in her professional debut, and followed that up by knocking out Mexican Maryan Salazar in Leeds.

The 35-year-old forced another stoppage in her first overseas pro bout, triumphing over Soledad Macedo in Canada in December 2017.

When did Nicola Adams split from her fiancée Marlen Esparza?

Adams is openly bi-sexual and she topped the list of The Independent's 101 most influential LGBT people in Britain for 2012.

On the subject, she said:  "No one's ever really cared about me being bisexual and I only came out because I had always been out, it's just the general public didn't know.

"I'm quite fearless. I'm like, let's just go out there and do this and see what happens.”

For 16 months she was engaged to Marlen Esparza, a US boxer who won bronze in the women's flyweight division at London 2012.

However, in April 2018 The Sun's Bizarre column revealed that the wedding was off, and Adams' former partner had now become engaged to her personal trainer, Frank.

Friends of Adams insist she ended the relationship, with a pal explaining: "Marlen started going out a lot. It became too much.

"Nicola was left with no choice but to break things off a month ago.

"Then just a few weeks later everyone discovers Marlen has got engaged to some guy she’s just met and they are getting married in six weeks — it’s crazy."

Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams has Boxing Barbie modelled on her released for International Women’s Day

NICOLA Adams won the top prize at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in her flyweight division, and won her first overseas fight in December 2017.