Lauren Price will join Dan Azeez on Tony Yoka vs Carlos Takam bill in Paris live on Sky Sports | Boxing News

Lauren Price will join Dan Azeez on Tony Yoka vs Carlos Takam bill in Paris live on Sky Sports | Boxing News

Lauren Price will fight on the undercard of Tony Yoka’s heavyweight clash with Carlos Takam at the Zenith Paris – La Villette on March 11, live on Sky Sports.

Olympic gold medal hero Lauren Price will kickstart her 2023 campaign in Paris as part of a blockbuster card on March 11.

The Team GB star, who won middleweight gold at the Tokyo Olympics, previously fought on the historic BOXXER: Legacy show in front of a sold-out crowd at The O2 arena in London last October.

That event was watched by a record audience for a live women’s sport event on Sky with over two million viewers tuning in, when she impressively stopped Timea Belik in four rounds.

Lauren Price and Dan Azeez will be in action on the March 11 show in Paris

One month later in November Price, now 2-0 (1), was awarded an MBE for her services to boxing by King Charles III at an official royal ceremony at Windsor Castle. It was the King’s first investiture ceremony since his accession to the throne.

On March 11 in what is only her third professional bout to date, the former Welsh international footballer turned professional fighter will step up when she returns to the ring in Paris – where she memorably qualified for the Olympic Games as an amateur – to take on German opponent, Naomi Mannes.

Mannes, 6-1 (4), was undefeated until her challenge for the EBU welterweight title ended in defeat last November to Britain’s Kirstie Bavington.

But slick southpaw Price, 28, is in a confident mood and is intent on making a huge statement overseas in her quest to rise in the welterweight rankings this year.

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Lauren Price says she caught her opponent with some big shots after earning a fourth-round stoppage against Timea Belik.

She said: “I was proud to represent Great Britain all over the world in my amateur career and going to Paris, where I qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, for my third professional bout gives me a similar feeling.

“I know that Naomi Mannes recently challenged for the European title so she’s definitely a step up in competition. I can’t wait to get over to France and show the world what I’ve been working on.”

BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “Lauren Price MBE is one of the most decorated amateur fighters in history from these shores.

“We were so delighted to sign her last year after her Olympic gold, that was the culmination of one of the most impressive amateur wins in modern time.

“She had a very small introduction last year and we know she will be a superstar in the world of boxing.

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Dan Azeez says that he wants to become the king of Europe when he takes on European light-heavyweight champion Thomas Faure on March 11.

“We’re delighted to kickstart this year with her on a really massive card, live on Sky Sports and Canal+, in what will be a very good test in just her third fight.”

Elsewhere on the card, in association with French promotion All Star Boxing, ‘Super’ Dan Azeez will challenge for the vacant EBU European light-heavyweight title when he faces Frenchman Thomas Faure.

In a battle of the heavyweights, Rio 2016 gold medal winner Tony Yoka faces fellow countryman Carlos Takam on home soil in the main event at Zenith – La Villette in the heart of the French capital.

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