LEEDS bantamweight Nicola Adams (pictured) today moved within one more win of becoming England's first women's world amateur boxing champion just as the sport begins to prepare for its inclusion in the London 2012 Olympics.
The Bradford College student beat American Cynthia Moreno 10-0 in Ningbo, China, to move into tomorrow's final.
There will face Poland's Karolina Michalczuk., the double European Union champion who beat the world number one Qin Zhang of China 9-4, and has already defeated the English fighter twice previously.
There was also joy for Ireland's reigning world lightweight champion Katie Taylor, who breezed past Russian Ayzznat Gadzhieva 20-2 to reach her second final, where she will face home favourite Cheng Dong.
Adams said: "There's no way she wants it more than I do and I've improved so much since we last fought.
"I've got nothing to lose and I'll go in there full of confidence that I can do the job.
"I'm ecstatic about it [her success] and I really can hardly believe it's happening.
"I've improved so much recently and so much of it is down to the training camps I've been on in other gyms and in Ireland, where training with Katie and her team-mates has helped me enormously."
The 25-year-old Adams first became involved in boxing when she was 12 after her mum started going to a local boxing club to do a fitness club.
She said: "I joined the junior section and was the only girl.
"The coaches were great, I never got left out and just had a go at everything the boys did.
"And this is a great way of paying back my mum, who was watching my [semi-final] bout on the internet and rang me as soon as it had finished, for all the driving and money she's helped with to get me this far."
Team-mates Lucy Abel and Natasha Jonas narrowly failed to join Adams in earning a medal.
Abel was beaten 8-6 by Hungary's Edina Pezdany while Jonas lost 9-4 to Liubov Lopatina of Russia.
The Amateur Boxing Association of England's (ABAE) women's boxing performance director Rebecca Black paid tribute to the performance of Adams and the rest of the four-strong team.
She said: "The ABA of England are extremely proud of the England women's boxing team that are competing in the World Championships.
"This is the first time England has been represented, demonstrating the growth and development of the sport for women and girls in this country."
Although the ABAE have more than doubled their funding of women's boxing in the last 12 months, including the appointment of Black, the elite athletes receive no funding at all on a Great Britain level.
This is unlikely to change until women's boxing becomes an Olympic sport.
A decision is not due until the end of next year, by which time the Games cycle will be well under way.
Adams added: "Hopefully winning a medal will set up some sort of new funding programme which will enable more of our boxers to compete against the other nations, most of whom are full-time."