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Lauren Price wants world domination after beating Jessica McCaskill : ‘I want to build a legacy’

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Published Time: 12.05.2024 - 21:40:16 Modified Time: 12.05.2024 - 21:40:16

Fight in Cardiff’s Utilita Arena halted in ninth round after clash of heads resulted in opponent Jessica McCaskill sustaining swollen eye Bradley Collyer/PA It was a stirring homecoming for Lauren Price as she took the world welterweight crown from Jessica McCaskill in Cardiff on Saturday night

Fight in Cardiff’s Utilita Arena halted in ninth round after clash of heads resulted in opponent Jessica McCaskill sustaining swollen eye

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It was a stirring homecoming for Lauren Price as she took the world welterweight crown from Jessica McCaskill in Cardiff on Saturday night.

Price, who won Olympic gold for Great Britain in Tokyo three years ago, is poised to become Britain’s greatest female boxer and could go on to match the likes of Joe Calzaghe as a Welsh fighter. Perhaps she can also do for women’s boxing in Britain what Katie Taylor has done in Ireland.

This is just the start of that journey as she seeks to climb the weight divisions. In only her seventh professional fight, Price dogged it out against McCaskill, one of the most aggressive contenders in women’s boxing. Price inflicted McCaskill’s first defeat at welterweight, although the American has lost at light welterweight to Taylor and Chantelle Cameron.

Indeed, Cameron could be a future opponent for Price in a major fight, and so, too, Sandy Ryan, who drew with McCaskill in her last outing before Saturday night.

Price, known for her technical skills, showed how tough she can be to match the trademark awkwardness of the American, eventually winning a unanimous technical decision to claim an historic title as Wales’ first female world champion. The IBO, WBA and Ring Magazine welterweight world titles are now hers, with the bout brought to a merciful close by the referee in the ninth round because of McCaskill’s swollen eye. Price was awarded the fight 90-82 by all three judges.

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The huge plus for Price was the fight being in Cardiff, with the contest shown on BBC 2 Wales as well as Sky Sports. It was a clever move by her promoter Ben Shalom and his Boxxer organisation as that will have guaranteed huge viewing figures.

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