After Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall filled the O2 Arena and drew two million viewers, the next frontier for women’s boxing to cross is a stadium fight.
Katie Taylor has already said that one of her dreams is to box at Croke Park in Ireland. It begs the question of what will be the first women’s boxing fight to headline a British stadium.
Olympic gold medalist Lauren Price is just two fights into her professional career. But her success as an amateur boxer suggests she has the gifts to eventually rival Shields.
Price won every major medal in the amateur ranks, won gold at the Commonwealth Games, European Games and World Championships, and played in Tokyo when she triumphed at the Olympics last year.
She was a key asset to BOXXER, which hosted Shields-Marshall, and promoter Ben Shalom plans to significantly build Price’s profile over the next two years.
Price is a welterweight but won Olympic gold at middleweight so she can perform in the higher divisions. Shields, now the undisputed middleweight champion, has won titles at super-welter before, so there’s natural weight for a future fight.
Being from Wales, the Principality stadium with its retractable roof is also an ideal venue for big boxing.
Such an event would be years in the making, as Price progresses as a fighter and for interest in such a matchup to build. But it is a long-term goal.
“Lauren is starting, but she may have this next and the loyalty of the support from Wales, the fact that she is an MBE. She is decorated in the same way as Claressa and she will see Claressa as someone who shows how much success you can have in women’s boxing,” Shalom told air sports.
“Also [Shields won two Olympic] gold medals, advanced to world titles, multiple unifications. Lauren Price looks at Claressa Shields and believes she can achieve what Claressa has and in the end Lauren is another who can fight comfortably at different weights like we saw in the Olympics and as we have seen now.
“So yes she will be watching Claressa Shields. Claressa Shields is only 27 years old so she will be around for many more years to come. Lauren, we expect to become a household name in the UK on Sky in 12, 18 months and that will be a super super fight once Lauren is ready.”