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IT hasn’t easy being a defending Olympic boxing champion at Rio 2016. Katie Taylor and Roniel Iglesias have fallen by the wayside. GB’s Nicola Adams is competing to defend her crown. Today she goes into the semi-final against China’s Ren Cancan. The winner will go on to the 51kgs final.
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Ren Cancan is of course an old rival of Nicola Adams. The two traded leather in the last Olympic final.
Nicola Adams comes out with some light shadowboxing and a beaming grin across her face.
Cancan stays back, using her southpaw jab.
10:03 Round One
Adams finished the round well, lunging in with a brace of clean rights and landing her jab. Cancan has been moving off well behind her southpaw jab. Cancan gets the first round.
10:06 Round Two
Could Nicola be starting to work out the Chinese southpaw. A hefty left tips Ren off balance and Adams attacks with a cluster of punches before the end of the round. She wins the second round.
10:09 Round Three
Cancan starts the third round more busily but as the round progresses Adams is measuring her out with jabs. A closer session, but the Briton takes it.
10:12 Round Four
Cancan clips her with a right hook, but Adams makes some eye catching countering right crosses tell. Cancan pumps her fist as she waits for the decision.
Nicola Adams is into the Olympic final
The unanimous decision goes to Nicola Adams. And the crowd, beginning to fill the stands, is cheering for her.
"I was enjoying myself in the ring, it was always going to be tough against a five-time World champion. I just had to work hard and keep building and building as the rounds went on," Adams said. "I was taking my time in the first round, not rushing. She's a quick counter-puncher. I didn't want to take any chances and I just built up from there."