Nicola Adams wants to continue making boxing history

Olympic champion Nicola Adams says she needs to be "10 times better" than she was at London 2012 in order to complete her set of boxing's major honours.

Adams, 30, became the first woman to win Olympic boxing gold and wants Commonwealth and World titles in 2014.

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I want to be the first boxer in Great Britain to become a double Olympic champion

Nicola Adams

She returns to the ring in July at the European Union Championships but is already looking forward to next year.

"I'm going to have to train twice as hard as I did to win the Commonwealth Games," Adams told BBC Sport.

"Everyone's going to be looking at my faults to see how they can beat me.

"I want to be the first female to win a gold medal in the Commonwealths. I need to be ten times better than I was in London to make sure I stay on top and keep winning."

The Leeds-born boxer, who took time away from the sport to recover after post-Olympic hand surgery, is now back in heavy training.

She will make her competitive return at the European Union Championships - where she is the -51kg defending champion  - in Hungary, in July.

"It was really hard getting used to the runs and the boxing training again, but I'm back into the rhythm now," said the flyweight.

"I'm feeling really fit and if they said 'you can box tomorrow' I'd be ready to go, because I want to go now."

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The European Union Championships do not include non-EU member states like Russia and with the European Championships moving to 2014, the lack of high-quality events for female boxers after the Olympics has been criticised. 

However, this is not something which concerns Adams, who is content with the progress women's boxing has made and with the opportunity she has been given to ease back into competition.

"A few years ago there wasn't even any Olympic boxing and we have a lot more funding now, so the doors have been opened," said Adams. "Women can go out and achieve all of the goals they want to achieve, I think that's great."

"Next year we have the Euros, Worlds and Commonwealths so I'm quite happy that it's a quieter year because it's going to be full on, hard work with a lot of competitions in 2014.

Nicola Adams factfile

  • Born: 26/10/82 (Leeds)
  • Height: 164cm / 5ft 4in
  • Weight: 51kg / 8st 0lbs (flyweight)
  • Medals: Olympic gold (2012); European gold (2011), silver (2007); World silver (2008, 2010, 2012)

Following her success in London, boxer Amir Khan, who won silver at the 2004 Athens Games, suggested he would like to help Adams turn professional. 

That is a move both of her fellow 2012 Olympic medal-winning team-mates, Luke Campbell and Anthony Ogogo, have made since last year's Olympics.

But Adams said she would not consider the move until after the 2016 Rio Games at least.

"I've still got a lot of goals I want to achieve," added Adams.

"I want to get a gold medal in the World Championships and I want to be the first boxer in Britain to become a double Olympic champion.

"I still have so much I want and need to do, that turning professional just wasn't for me."