Nicola Adams retains world title after controversial draw

Mexico’s Maria Salinas felt she had done enough to win the fight.

By Press Association Published: 27 September 2019 - 9.12pm

Nicola Adams retained her WBO flyweight title after a controversial draw with Mexico’s Maria Salinas at the Royal Albert Hall.

Adams had not fought for 11 months and showed clear signs of ring rust on her return to action.

Salinas clearly felt she had won the fight, but only one judge gave it to her by the score of 96-94.

Nicola Adams (right) in action against Maria Salinas
Nicola Adams (right) in action against Maria Salinas (Steven Paston/PA).

Another judge scored it 97-93 to Adams, with a third seeing it as a 95-95 draw.

There certainly appeared to be sympathy for Salinas judging by the reaction of some of the crowd at the famous London venue.

“I was a bit ring rusty,” Adams told BT Sport 1.

“It was not the result I wanted and if she wants a rematch I’d be happy to go again.

“It was not the result I wanted, and if she wants a rematch I'd be happy to go again”
- Nicola Adams

“I’ve got this one out of the way and I’ve still got the belt.”

Adams made a confident start as she was first to the punch and Salinas, four inches shorter than the Leeds boxer, struggled to get within range.

It was one-way traffic in the first three rounds, but Salinas was undeterred and dominated the fourth session.

The Mexican kept moving forward and catching Adams with crisp shots in the second half of the fight, although in the end it was not enough to take the title.