Lauren Price makes history in Glasgow

Lauren Price makes history in Glasgow

Last night, Lauren Price made history as the first Welsh female boxer to win a medal at a major international multi-sport event. The boxer from Bargoed scored a Unanimous Decision victory over Australia’s Kaye Scott to progress to the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games. It’s the first time female boxing has taken place at the Commonwealth Games and Price has made her mark by securing the minimum of a bronze medal. The southpaw was in control throughout as Scott struggled to pin Price down and walked on to several heavy punches that staggered the Australian. Circling the ring, Price dictated when exchanges happened and how they went. Price’s superb sense of distance saw her bank the opening three rounds in a relatively routine manner. The middleweight turned the screw in the final round, forcing the referee to issue Scott with three standing counts. However, Price did get more gung-ho than her coaches would have liked and suffered a standing count herself but the bell rang when the eight count concluded. Victory for Price has seen her join team-mates Joe Cordina, Nathan Thorley, Sean McColdrick and Ashley Williams in the semi-final stages. The five medals coming from Wales’ boxers have helped Team Wales reach a total of 32 medals across all sports, a new record for the country at the Commonwealth Games. Price, a middleweight (75KG), has a stellar pedigree with European and World Championships bronze medals but further success at the Commonwealth Games would surpass any previous achievement and cement her legacy as a pioneer for female boxing in Wales. Unfortunately, Price’s team-mate Charlene Jones was unable to join her at the medal stages as she lost to India’s Laishram Devi in the quarter-finals of the lightweight (60KG) division. In the semi-finals, Price will have the chance to turn her bronze medal to a silver or gold one when she faces former Canadian foe, Ariane Fortin who has defeated the Welsh woman in the past.

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