By Sam Casey
Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012 08:08
Thousands of sports fans were glued to TV screens across Leeds to watch boxer Nicola Adams do her home city proud at London 2012.
And the 29-year-old pugalist gave supporters plenty to cheer by guaranteeing herself at least a bronze medal with a well-earned victory on Monday.
But one viewer who had a particular reason to howl her on in her quarter-final was her pet dog, Dexter.
The Doberman is currently staying at boarding kennels in Tingley, Leeds while his owner fights it out for glory down in London.
And Adams was so keen for him to see her step into the ring that she paid for the pooch to have access to a television while he is staying there.
Sheli Dobbie, manager at Mypetstop boarding centre, said this wasn’t the first time a pet had watched TV.
She said: “All our TVs are secured in a safe compartment within our boarding apartments and it is not uncommon for some of our customers to request a TV for their pet.
“However this will certainly be a first where the dog can watch their owner – especially in the Olympics – so I’m sure Dexter will be excited.”
Adams received a bye in the first round of the women’s fly competition, but outclassed Stoyka Petrova to win her quarter-final earlier this week.
But Dexter will be hoping she can go one better when she returns to the London ExCeL arena today for her semi-final against Indian hopeful Mary Kom.
Adams, who won her first bout at the age of 13, is the only Team GB women’s boxer to make it to the semis.
Sheli added: “All our fingers and paws are crossed that she can bring home the gold medal.
“Dexter definitely won’t be too far away from the action.”