Amateur | Highlight 4 | Issue | Premium | Oct 13 2019

Lauren Price wins World championship gold, on appeal!

Lauren Price defeat overturned on appeal to hand the Welsh star the World championship gold medal. Drama unfolds behind the scenes in Russia, writes John Dennen
Lauren Price
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TO succeed in international boxing you need to have qualities that set you apart. In the case of Britain’s star performers at the World championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia, Lauren Price has the speed to take on and take out the big middleweights. For Karris Artingstall, her single punch power is outstanding at 57kgs, the new Olympic weight class.

It’s exciting to see the British squad coming together ahead of next year’s Olympic qualifying events. Three GB boxers won medals at these World championships with light-flyweight Demie Jade Resztan joining her team-mates on the podium. But controversy, once again, unfolded behind closed doors in Russia with AIBA’s new appeals process.

Lauren Price reached the final on Sunday (October 13) and a rematch with the Nouchka Fontijn. The Welsh middleweight had beaten the Dutch boxer, an Olympic silver medallist, in the final of the European Games in June. But at first Price lost this bout, only for the result to be overturned on an extraordinary appeal.