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Price has sights on boxing gold after fulfilling three lifelong dreams


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hen Lauren Price was at school, she was asked to write down a wish list for life. On it she listed three things: world champion kickboxer, international footballer for Wales and Olympian.

Her teacher’s response was to laugh. The 27-year-old has remarkably achieved all three and now has her sights set on gold after sneaking through the tightest of middleweight semi-finals against Nouchka Fontijn.

Two judges scored in favour of Fontijn, one for Price, the other two totally split so, asked to choose who they felt had marginally won the fight, both sided with the Welshwoman.

Prior to the fight, Price had switched off her social media and decided not to pay attention to any messages apart from those sent by her grandmother Linda, who took her in as a three-year-old when her parents were unable to look after her.

Linda is also on hand with inspirational messages before big fights and, while the details of the latest missive she was keeping close to her chest, it clearly gave Price the necessary lift.

Price has had a remarkable journey to make it to the precipice of an Olympic gold medal, a dream she first had after watching Kelly Holmes win in 2004, although she didn’t know in which sport she might end up.

Already, she was a star junior footballer and eventually made her way into the senior national team while also becoming a kickboxing world champion on the side.

She then turned her attention to boxing and was admitted into the GB Boxing set-up post-Rio but doubled up as a taxi driver at weekends – or as she calls “picking up the drunks on a Friday and Saturday night” – to supplement her income.

The hierarchy in Sheffield pay tribute to her work ethic, which has paid off with her having a shot at gold on Sunday against China’s Li Qian.


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