Two-time Olympic Champion, Nicola Adams, will face Mexico’s Maryan Salazar at the First Direct Arena on Saturday 13th May.
Adams made her professional debut in Manchester last month, claiming a points victory over Noemi Carcamo, and while she controlled the contest, she felt the two-minute rounds held her back.
As a result, her fight with Salazar will be contested over four three-minute rounds, and Adams believes this will produce explosive performances.
“You just need that extra minute, you’re learning all these new things in the gym, and you can’t try them out in two minutes,” said, Adams. “I have 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 get into the swing of things.”
‘The Lioness’ is relishing the chance to fight in her home city for the first time in 20 years. The hugely-popular Flyweight has come a long way since her amateur debut at a smoke-filled working men’s club in 1997.
“I can’t wait to fight in front of all of the Leeds fans. The atmosphere in the Arena is going to be unreal, and I’m sure it will replicate the noise at the Games. I haven’t boxed in Leeds since I was a kid so this is a homecoming fight.”