Borg and Price win Welsh Ex-Boxers Association award

Borg and Price win Welsh Ex-Boxers Association award

Ealirer today, over 200 people attended the Welsh Ex-Boxers Association‘s annual event at a sold out Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Taffs Well. One person who missed the event was Lauren Price who was due to be presented with the Howard Winstone Challenge Belt, an award given to the best amateur boxer of the year. The history making female middleweight was on holiday in Mexico but was unable to fly home due to a storm. It’s the first time in over 10 years that a female boxer has been awarded the Howard Winstone Challenge Belt and it will be presented to Price at a later date. It’s been a year to remember for the multi-talented Price, who has also been capped by Wales’ national football team more than fifty times. In July, Bargoed’s Price excelled at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and won a bronze medal. Therefore, the southpaw became the first Welsh female fighter to win a medal at a major multi-sport event, adding it to the bronze medal she won in 2011 at the European Championships in Rotterdam. Tony Borg, the head trainer at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, was given a Contribution To Boxing accolade, an award set up in remembrance of Roger Pleace, the Welsh heavyweight who won a bronze medal at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. This summer, three boxers coached by Borg attended the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and he has also has a hands on role with many of Wales’ top professionals where he goes above and beyond the call of duty, devoting his time and life to Welsh boxing. There were other awards presented as Norwich’s Mark Goult won the Johnny Owen Courage Award and his parents, Cliff and Jacqueline, won the Johnny Owen Care Award. In 1990, Goult beat Danny Porter to win the Southern Area bantamweight title but he suffered dizziness in the dressing room and later fell in to a coma. The then 21-year-old underwent emergency brain surgery and was told that he only had an hour left to live with just a pint of blood left in his body. Goult survived but he couldn’t open his eyes for eight months. The Englishman spends a lot of his time in a wheelchair and he’s required constant care from his parents for the last 14 years. Contact Cyril Thomas, Secretary of the Welsh Ex-Boxers Association, on 07816041566 to become a member for an annual fee of £5.

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