Charlene Jones and Lauren Price – Commonwealth Games preview

Charlene Jones and Lauren Price – Commonwealth Games preview

Name: Charlene Jones. Weight: Light-welterweight (60KG). Club: Merlins Bridge. Prediction: Bronze. There’s little not to like about Pembrokeshire’s Charlene Jones. The front foot fighter is hardly ever in a dull fight and she enjoys it, rarely seen without the widest smile in the west on her face. Boxing out of Merlins Bridge Boxing Club under the watchful eye of Graham Brockway, the 21-year-old has been a beneficiary of the growing prominence of female amateur boxing and she spearheads the sport for women in Wales. Instead of it burdening Jones, she seems to thrive on the status, growing in to her role as a leading lady for Welsh boxing and this will reflect in her performance. There’s barely a second when Jones leaves her opponent alone to get their breath back. Instead, Jones cuts down the ring behind a short and snappy jab, forcing her opponents to box off the ropes, without any forward leverage. It’s a crowd pleasing style and should Jones not be fighting a Scottish women, it’s likely to get the crowd going. Standing in Jones’ way is Liverpool’s skilful naive Natasha Jonas. The ex-Olympian defeated Jones in April, derailing her efforts for gold at Finland’s Gee Bee tournament. At this decent, the Welsh woman would be wise to not want to see Jonas before the medal stages at the Commonwealth Games. Name: Lauren Price. Weight: Middleweight (75KG). Club: Bargoed. Prediction: Quarter-finals. Bargoed’s Lauren Price is the second youngest member of the Welsh boxing team and at just 20-years-old, the Glasgow experience will stand in her good stead for future Commonwealth Games. Although the 2014 tournament is likely to be a learning curve for the Bargoed native, she isn’t a stranger to big competitions, having taken a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in 2011when she was just 18. Price is no stranger to performing at international level sports as she plays for Wales women’s football team and she’s used to the physical demands of hard work at the highest level. The Welsh woman shares the middleweight division with England’s excellent Savannah Marshall who is expected to take gold. Price, along with Wales’ Charlene Jones, enters the Commonwealth Games in it’s first year of female boxing and she has a great opportunity to make her mark for figure tournaments too.

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