Lauren Price kicks off her assault on the gold medal with a dominating win over Myagmarjargal Munkhbat, as the Team GB middleweight boxer takes inspiration from childhood friend Lauren Williams winning Olympic silver in taekwondo
Lauren Price dominated her first fight at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, saying she was “massively” inspired by her friend Lauren William’s performance in taekwondo.
A favorite to take the Olympic gold, the Welsh southpaw was effective with a flurry of shots at Mongolian Myagmarjargal Munkhbat, getting a solid left cross to her opponent’s head in the first round.
Looking energized and pleased after her unanimous victory, Price smiled and thrashed for the cameras as she left the arena.
Lauren Price started her attack on the gold medal strong with a dominant first round win
The Welsh southpaw defeated Mongolian Myagmarjargal Munkhbat by unanimous decision
“It was annoying to see everyone boxing. I’m just happy to get out,” she said on the sport’s fifth day at the Tokyo Games.
When asked if she had been inspired by the performance of her friend and silver taekwondo medalist Lauren Williams—they trained at the same kickboxing gym before both switching disciplines—Price said, “Massive. She had done a great job. She was so close to winning that gold.’
The duo started kickboxing at the Devils Martial Arts club in Blackwood before slipping into various combat codes, culminating in both earning a seat on the plane for the delayed Games in the Japanese capital.
There are high hopes that Price can contribute to Team GB’s gold with middleweight triumph
Williams kept her side of the bargain by winning silver for taekwondo on Monday, and Price began to match her former teammate by making short work of Mongolian Myagmarjargal Munkhbat at the Kokugikan Arena.
“Lauren did a great job and she came so close to winning the gold,” Price said. “She sent me a congratulatory message last night and I congratulated her. I’d love to follow in her footsteps and make it to the final, but for now I’m enjoying the journey.’
Price, five years senior at Williams, joined the kickboxing club at the age of eight and was soon joined by Williams. The pair traveled across the continent together, taking the titles, including multiple world crowns.
And the boxer (left) says she is inspired by the efforts of Lauren Williams (right)
Williams just missed gold in taekwondo after final second loss to Matea Jelic
After signing up for taekwondo’s ‘Fighting Chance’ clinic, Williams managed to become a two-time European champion, while Price juggled fighting football before opting to pursue a full-time boxing career.
“Lauren is a little younger than me and we missed each other when we first joined the taekwondo team, but we’ve kept in touch all along,” Price added.
“It’s been a crazy journey we’ve been on and we ended up here at an Olympics together, so we must be doing something right.”
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The Welsh fighter will face Panama’s Atheyna Bylon in the quarter-finals on Saturday with a guaranteed medal at stake.
She added: “I thought she was going to come up to me some more. I watched a video of her this morning and she looked quite aggressive but she waited a bit for me.
“I was surprised, but it worked in my favor and I adapted and chose my photos. Everyone in my weight class at the Olympics is tough and you have to be sharp to win that fight.”
Ben Whitaker made it to the quarter-finals of the light-heavyweight division with a unanimous verdict over Egypt’s Abdelrahman Salah.