Lauren Price Makes History By Beating Jessica McCaskill To Win Her First World Title

Lauren Price dominated Jessica McCaskill to win her first world title with a ninth-round technical decision, making history to become the first women’s champion for Wales.

The win meant Price become the unified champion in just her seventh fight, picking up the WBA, IBO, and Ring Magazine Welterweight Belts, taking her record to 7-0. Price was on the front foot, using her southpaw stance to put McCaskill off balance. The challenger was unfazed by the pressure of fighting in front of her home crowd, tagging the champion with her straight left. 

McCaskill tried to make the fight physical, getting warned for brawling in the second. Price remained composed, boxing and moving, in the second round, refusing to be drawn into a brawl. McCaskill grew frustrated; Price settled down, landing another left in the third, leaving McCaskill chasing early on. 

McCaskill increased the pace in the fourth, but a clash of heads proved decisive in the fifth. The American suffered bleeding near her eye, with Price in control. Price kept up her aggression, connecting with a big right hand on the swollen eye in the eighth.

With the eye almost closed from the swelling, the referee stopped the fight just two seconds into the start of the ninth. Price was leading 90-82 at the time of the stoppage. The win made Price grab her first world title, as she could target fights with Natasha Jonas and Sandy Ryan. However, the main aim was Katie Taylor next. 

“I believe this is just the start for me and I want to create a legacy. I’m only going to get better. You see what Katie Taylor has done for Ireland, I want to do the same for Wales and sell out the Principality Stadium. I know Jessica’s game; she loves a dog fight. It took me a couple of rounds to find my distance,” Price stated

“Credit to Lauren, she’s the only person who has taken belts from me. I can rebound from anything. I grew up homeless, so getting punched in the face is nothing. There was holding, a lot of headbutts and I just felt you should let a champion go out on her shield,” McCaskill said

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