Adams is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who won her professional debut earlier this month. The BBBofC (British Commission) does not differentiate between male and female round duration, two minutes has become the norm since pioneer Jane Couch secured the first female professional license in the UK back in 1998 after a ground breaking court case with British Boxing’s governing body.
Adams will fight 4 x 3 minute rounds in her home city of Leeds, England against an opponent to be named. It will be the chief support to Josh Warrington’s clash against Kiko Martinez and she hopes that this will make the boxing establishment see that three-minute rounds is the way forward.
The next change the flyweight Adams intends to lobby for is the same size gloves that her male counterparts are permitted to wear. Currently BBBofC rules state that all female boxers must wear 10 ounce gloves regardless of weight, whereas in male contests eight ounce gloves are worn for all weight divisions up to welterweight.
The double Olympic champion said, “female boxing has come a long way since Jane Couch MBE made the sport possible here in the UK in 1998. However, there is still a way to go until both male and female boxers can campaign under the same competition rules. Fighters and fans want these changes to happen and it will make the fights more entertaining. It was really frustrating in my first professional fight as every time I felt I was getting close to a stoppage the bell would go for the end of the round. It’s great that the BBBofC has supported this first change and hopefully changes to glove sizes will come next.”