Bargoed boxer gets a kick out of historic medal

MEDAL: Bargoed boxer Lauren Price, right, in dominant action against Australia's Kaye Scott

MEDAL: Bargoed boxer Lauren Price, right, in dominant action against Australia's Kaye Scott

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HISTORY-MAKER Lauren Price says becoming the first Welsh woman to win a boxing medal at the Commonwealth Games justifies her decision to give up international football.

The Bargoed boxer was playing football for her country until last year when she gave it up to concentrate on her boxing.

And Price has now guaranteed herself at least a bronze medal in the ring at Glasgow 2014 after dominating Australian Kaye Scott from start to finish in their 75kg quarter-final.

It was medal 32 for Team Wales – breaking the record haul of 31 from Manchester 2002.

The 20-year-old becomes the fifth Welsh boxer through to the semi-finals at the SECC and the first female fighter ever to win a medal for Wales at the Games.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s amazing,” she said after her unanimous 40-36 victory over the rangy Aussie.

“My tactics worked well. I knew she was going to come on to me, being a lot taller, so I knew I had to fight on the back foot and I did it well.

“It’s unbelievable,” she added. “This time last year I was playing football for my country and it’s only since December that it’s been all boxing for me.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and winning a medal makes it worthwhile.

“I love both sports but I couldn’t stick with both. I had to make a decision and I went with boxing.”

Price faces a tough test against Canada’s Ariane Fortin in the semi-final on Friday but she’s determined to upgrade from bronze.

“I definitely want gold now,” she said. “The Canadian is a good fighter but I’ll give it my all in the semi-final and see what I can do.”

England’s Savannah Marshall is the favourite for the first ever women’s Commonwealth Games gold at 75kg and she could lie in wait for Price in the final.

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