Olympic medalists Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall explain how their relationship is helping their boxing career | boxing news

After winning two medals for Team Britain at the Tokyo Olympics, British boxing’s new power couple Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall are aiming to conquer the professional game together.

Price, who won middleweight gold in Japan last summer, will make his professional debut live on Sky Sports on June 11 at Wembley Arena. Featherweight bronze medalist Artingstall, who has also signed a long-term promotional deal with BOXXER, will no doubt be around as she awaits confirmation of a date for her first professional outing.

The couple, both 27, have publicly confirmed their relationship after the Olympics by revealing they recently bought a house together and have now opened up about how training and competing side-by-side has helped propel them forward until now.

“It’s like having the comforts of home everywhere you go,” said Artingstall Sky Sports News. “If we ever have to travel to another country for training camp or anywhere, she’s always by my side and I’m always by her side. So it’s always the comforts of home with you.

“I say you never feel out of your comfort zone, you do it because the sessions are tough, but it’s always a bit easier to have him next to me to push me.”

Following the confirmation of their long-term agreements with BOXXER, it was announced that Price and Artingstall would become the first professional boxers to sign training and management contracts with GB Boxing.

Under the terms of the deal, the duo, who were keen to remain under the guidance of performance director Rob McCracken and GB Boxing coaches, will continue to train in Sheffield, alongside the next generation of Olympic hopefuls. .

Price says the experience of contributing to a British boxing medal record in Tokyo was only enhanced by competing alongside Artingstall.

“It was pretty special to do that with Karriss, my partner,” Price said. “We live together, we train together and to go to the Olympics on the biggest stage there is with your partner is pretty special. It was awesome.

“As she says, it’s like a home comfort. Boxing is a lonely sport, so being there – we travel to Sheffield every week and even just having it in the car next to me – at the training if we have a tough day, we pull ourselves together.”

From international footballer to kickboxing world champion

Although they found themselves on the same path, Price and Artingstall’s paths to professional boxing were extremely contrasting.

Price, raised by her grandparents in Wales, was destined for sporting stardom from an early age. Her grandfather took her to play football when she was eight, before her grandmother took her to a kickboxing club soon after.

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“If it wasn’t for them, I really wouldn’t have achieved anything in life,” Price said of his grandparents.

“My grandfather took me to a small football club in the valley. I was the only girl at the time in the team with a group of boys. I played in midfield, I was more taller than most boys. Then my nan also took me to the kickboxing club just to let off some energy. I was like Tigger when I was a kid, I was always bouncing around. from there, I fell in love with the sport.

Both ventures proved successful. After being scouted by Cardiff City scouts, Price would go on to represent Wales at senior international level. As for kickboxing, she will become quadruple world champion.

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Not happy, Price turned to boxing, which is also doing quite well.

“My nana always said reach for the moon and if you fail you land on the stars,” says Price, who received an MBE after his Olympic triumph. “It’s something I’ve always stuck with and they very much believed I had dreams and it just goes to show that if you work hard enough you can achieve anything.”

Artingstall: Army discipline prepared me for boxing

Artingstall’s road to the ring is a familiar one for the sport, which offered salvation and discipline at a young age to many of its future champions.

“I got into boxing right after being a little rascal,” she says. “I always got in trouble with the police and got kicked out of four different schools and ended up in a non-traditional school because of it.

“Every Friday we went to the local boxing gym for an hour, but the trainers said they saw potential in me, so I went three times a week and stuck to that.”

While pursuing her career as an amateur boxer, Artingstall joined the British Army and it was not until April that she ended her eight years of service as a gunner to focus solely on boxing. to be a professional athlete.

“In the army you have to be disciplined, in boxing I believe you have to be disciplined,” she said. “So going through the military prepared me well for the ring. They bounce off each other.

“I left just so I could focus on my professional boxing career, even though they were the backbone of my career, they were overwhelmingly supportive.”

A smooth transition to the pro ranks?

Price, who will drop down a weight division to begin his professional career, expects a smooth transition.

“I have a good boxing IQ,” Price says. “Very technical, very fast. I can dig a little bit and now I’m going from middleweight to welterweight, I’m going to box people my size, not giants.

“I’ve always had pressure really because for a while now I’ve been in No. 1 ranked tournaments and I expected to win gold and perform, so there’s nothing really new for me. I’m just going with it, I’m very laid back. I’m just very excited. It’s great to be on a platform like Sky Sports, there’s no bigger platform, so I’m really excited.

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Artingstall is also confident in her amateur translation success at the professional level and admits that the presence of world champions Savannah Marshall, Claressa Shields and Natasha Jonas in the BOXXER ranks were crucial elements in her decision.

“I’m powerful, explosive – when the time is right,” says Artingstall. “I’m not just going to go out there and try to blow somebody’s head off, I can box.

“To look up to the likes of Savannah, Claressa and Tasha, these are the footsteps we want to follow to become world champions ourselves and hopefully be the next women to take over.”

Wherever their career paths take them, just trying to climb the mountain together is an extremely rare experience.

“It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime feeling that no one else can really see,” Artingstall says. “Going to the top of the sport with their partner by their side.”

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