Nicola Adams created sporting history by becoming the first women's Commonwealth Games champion to add to her Olympic title, after beating Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh in the flyweight final in Glasgow.

Adams, the first female Olympic boxing champion from London 2012, continued her excellent form in reaching the final to claim a win by split decision over Walsh, who was forced to settle for silver.

The 31 year old's breakthrough Commonwealth success – in the first Games to host the women's event – will likely intensify calls for her to turn professional ahead of November's world championships and the Rio 2016 Olympics.

"I always knew it was going to be a tough fight," Adams said. "When you get into the ring for the finals you both want to win so it's always going to be tough.

"I was confident, you always have to be confident in boxing and you can't go in there thinking you're going to lose.

"This is way up there [with Olympic gold]. It's great to be able to create history for my country and I am glad I was able to do that today.

"I think I did enough to win but I do think it was a really close competition."

Having cruised into the final on Yorkshire day, Adams was the outstanding favourite for gold at The Hydro against Walsh, who was aiming to derail the hopes of England's golden girl in the Commonwealth Games' first ever women's boxing final.

Walsh, 21, had won via split decision in the semi-final against Pinki Rani of India on Friday and was one of four Northern Irish boxers going for gold on the penultimate day of competition in Glasgow.

As expected, Walsh came out fast, taking the early part of the fight to Adams, who was successful with several left hands, temporarily flooring her opponent before a string of combinations gave the Englishwomen the opening round.

The barrage of shots continued from Adams as another left-hand got through the defence of Walsh and though she did exchange shots, the Olympic champion was inflicting more damage.

The European youth bronze medalist continued to hold the middle of the ring and her effective jab was restricting Adams, whose approach on the counter was helping her edge towards gold.

Knowing she was likely down after the first three rounds, Walsh came fast out of the traps but Adams kept her at bay to clinch the win and achieve sporting immortality.

Walsh said: "I felt I won the first round. The third round was close and I definitely won the fourth. I do believe I won the fight, I feel cheated.

"Every time I look at this [silver] medal it will remind me of how I feel at this moment and I'll go one better and get the gold next time.

"I felt I had a great start. My heart got me the last round and I just feel cheated for it. That's boxing for you. A split decision against an Olympic champion and I felt I should have got it. I am the golden girl.

"I shocked her. She wasn't expecting it. She knows she had the harder fight. I am the fittest fighter here."