AFTER a tumultuous men’s event concluded in Russia, the elite female boxers head out to the same country for their World championships. Ulan-Ude, a city in Buryatia in the far east of the country, will host the tournament from October 3-13.
At the recent men’s Worlds the officiating was under scrutiny and disappointing, notably with the controversy of overturning Frazer Clarke’s quarter-final result. It is vital for AIBA to restore credibility and it has to be hoped that this tournament will make headlines for the boxing on display rather than the judging in Russia.
It’s a rare feat to win a World gold medal. In Britain only Frankie Gavin, in 2007, Savannah Marshall, in 2012, and Nicola Adams, in 2016, have managed it. Welsh middleweight Lauren Price will carry GB’s hopes into this tournament. After winning gold at the European Games earlier this year she sat out the European championships specifically to focus on this competition. “Winning the European Games earlier this year was a really big achievement, particularly as I defeated the boxer that had beaten me in the World Championships semi-final last year [Nouchka Fontijn]. I took a lot of confidence from that win and I am now looking to take that into this year’s World championships,” Price said. “I am ready to go again now and looking forward to getting back in the ring and putting in a strong performance.”