Lauren Price: Welsh Olympic champion wins on professional boxing debut at Wembley Arena
Wales’ Olympic champion Lauren Price made a winning start to her professional career with an impressive victory over Valgerdur Gudstensdottir.
Price, 27, won every round of the six-round bout at London’s Wembley Arena.
The contest was on the undercard of British cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe’s IBF world title eliminator against Italy’s Fabio Turchi.
In August, in Tokyo, Price became the first Welsh fighter, male or female, to win an Olympic Games boxing gold medal.
A glittering amateur career also saw her win a world championship, as well as Commonwealth Games gold in 2018 in Australia’s Gold Coast and this was a hugely impressive start to life as a professional, fighting at welterweight.
Earlier this week, she said she hoped to continue a great few days for Welsh sport after Joe Cordina claimed the IBF super-featherweight title and the men’s football team beat Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for the World Cup.
Price, born in Newport and who lives in Ystrad Mynach, demonstrated good footwork from the off, with Iceland’s Gudstensdottir, fighting in the United Kingdom for the first time, struggling to land anything.
A powerful right hook in the first round from Price was accurate with Gudstensdottir facing problems with Price’s quick combinations landing regularly. By the third round Price was in complete control, comfortably picking off each opponent, who had won five and lost two of her previous seven bouts.
It became a question of whether Gudstensdottir would go the six-round distance. She took a lot of punishment towards the end of the fifth but managed to survive to hear the final bell.
Before committing to boxing, Price had won kickboxing world titles and as a talented footballer played in defense for the Wales’ senior women’s team.
More to follow.