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Lauren Price Sets Sights On Global Domination Following Jessica McCaskill’s Win


Lauren Price’s triumphant return to Cardiff marked a significant milestone in her career as she claimed the world welterweight title from Jessica McCaskill on Saturday night.

Having previously secured Olympic gold for Great Britain in Tokyo, Price stands on the brink of becoming Britain’s preeminent female boxer, potentially attaining a status akin to Welsh boxing legend Joe Calzaghe. Her trajectory echoes the impact that Katie Taylor has had on women’s boxing in Ireland.

This victory signifies just the beginning of Price’s ascent through the weight divisions. In only her seventh professional bout, Price displayed resilience against McCaskill, one of women’s boxing’s fiercest competitors. Notably, Price handed McCaskill her first loss at welterweight, despite the American having been defeated at light welterweight by Taylor and Chantelle Cameron.

Looking ahead, potential future opponents for Price include Cameron and Sandy Ryan, the latter having previously drawn with McCaskill in her last match before Saturday night’s bout.

Renowned for her technical prowess, Price showcased her tenacity to counter McCaskill’s trademark aggression, ultimately securing a unanimous technical decision and etching her name in history as Wales’ inaugural female world champion.

With the IBO, WBA, and Ring Magazine welterweight titles now in her possession, Price’s dominance was underscored by the referee’s decision to halt the contest in the ninth round due to McCaskill’s swollen eye. All three judges scored the fight 90-82 in Price’s favor.

The significance of the bout being held in Cardiff, broadcasted on BBC 2 Wales and Sky Sports, cannot be overstated. This strategic move by her promoter Ben Shalom and Boxxer organization ensured massive viewership.

Beyond her athletic prowess, Price’s compelling life story – raised by her grandparents and working as a taxi driver in her late teens – coupled with her diverse sporting background, including being a former world kickboxing champion and international footballer for Wales, positions her as a relatable figure to a broad audience. Additionally, Price’s partnership with Karriss Artingstall, a featherweight boxer and fellow southpaw, adds to her formidable presence.

While questions remain about her development and power, the 29-year-old displays unwavering determination and a grounded demeanor, signaling her potential to ascend as a sporting icon. Documenting her journey promises to captivate audiences across various platforms as she continues her quest for boxing supremacy.

“The atmosphere has got to be up there with winning Olympic gold,” Price told Sky Sports after the contest. “I can’t thank everybody enough, it means the world. Credit to my opponent, I respect her, she’s a credit to women’s boxing and boxing in general. She came at me from round one and it took me a while to get my distance, but I enjoyed myself and I’m only going to get better.

“I want to fight at the Principality Stadium, that’s the dream. I want to build a legacy and create greatness. This is just the start. You see what Katie Taylor did for Ireland, I want to do the same for Wales.”

Price’s emphatic start to her journey underscores her undeniable promise in the sport.

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