After Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall packed the O2 Arena and drew two million viewers, the next frontier for women’s boxing is to fight in a stadium.
Katie Taylor once said that one of her dreams was to box at Croke Park in Ireland. This begs the question of what will be the first women’s boxing bout to make headlines in a UK stadium.
Olympic gold medalist Lauren Price is just two fights away in her professional career. But her success as an amateur boxer suggests she has the skills, eventually, to rival Shields.
Price has won every major medal in the amateur ranks, winning gold at the Commonwealth Games, European Games and world championships, as well as starring in Tokyo when she triumphed at the Olympics last year.
She was a major signing for BOXXER, which fronted Shields-Marshall, and promoter Ben Shalom intends to significantly boost Price’s profile over the next two years.
Price is a welterweight, but won Olympic gold at middleweight so she could perform in the higher divisions. Shields, now the undisputed middleweight champion, has already won titles at super-welterweight, so there is a natural weight for a future fight to be had.
Price being from Wales, the Principality’s stadium with its retractable roof is also an ideal venue for large-scale boxing.
This kind of event would take years to prepare for, as Price progresses as a fighter and interest in such a match builds. But that’s a long-term goal.
“Lauren is starting but she potentially has the following and the loyalty of Welsh support, the fact that she’s an MBE. She’s decorated the same as Claressa and she’ll see Claressa as someone who shows how much you can have success in women’s boxing,” Shalom said. sky sports.
“Also [Shields won two Olympic] gold medals, chained world titles, multiple unifications. Lauren Price looks at Claressa Shields and thinks she can achieve what Claressa has and ultimately Lauren is another one who can fight comfortably at different weights like we’ve seen at the Olympics and like we’ve seen now.
“So yes she will be watching Claressa Shields. Claressa Shields is only 27 so she is going to be around for many years. Lauren we hope to be a household name in 12, 18 months in the UK on Sky and it will be a great great fight once Lauren is ready.”