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Olympians Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall lands a GB Boxing deal

Lauren Price and Karriss lands new boxing deal; Photo Credit - Sky sports
  • The two, will continue training under GB coaches in Sheffield with the next generation of Olympic aspirants as per the deal terms.
  • The deal does not represent a move to optimize future Olympic options on behalf of the governing body.
  • GB Boxing’s move will operate under the brand name Podium2Pro.
The Tokyo Olympic medalists Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall have signed training and management contracts with GB Boxing, which runs the domestic sport’s World Class Performance Programme.
The two will continue training under GB coaches in Sheffield with the next generation of Olympic aspirants as per the deal terms.
According to GB Boxing chief executive Matt Holt in statement, the main benefit of engaging them is not for financial benefits but a performance benefit for the boxers who are coming through the
programme.
“The main benefit of engaging in this activity is not actually a financial one; it’s the performance benefit for the boxers who are coming through the programme. “We’ve seen from previous cycles the benefits our boxers have gained from training regularly with the highest-quality professional boxers –Carl Froch through the London cycle then Anthony Joshua post-London, through Rio and Tokyo.”GB Boxing chiefs have determined an initial capacity for three professionals, all of whom, under current international boxing rules, have the possibility of continuing to represent Team GB at the Olympics as professionals.

Holt stressed that the deal does not represent a move to optimize future Olympic options on behalf of the governing body and that it has been made clear that the boxers on the programme will be favoured
when it comes to selection issues.

The professional boxers’ contracts make clear that in the event of a the clash between a professional bout and a significant event relating to the world-class programme, the latter must be prioritized.

“The core business, the bread and butter, is the world-class programme and we will continue to deliver that as a priority and to the highest standard,” added Holt. “This should not be seen as a diminution of anything we do in that space.

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Lauren Price MBE and Karriss Artingstall; Photo Credit – Sky sports

“Our board has agreed as a policy that where we have boxers on the programme who are competitive for qualification and medal-winning performances, those boxers will be prioritized over any professional
boxer that were working with.

“We have got to make sure we are protecting the pathway for the boxers coming through the system.”

Froch and Joshua were both regular fixtures in the GB gym when they were trained as professionals by performance director Rob McCracken, but they did so as part of private arrangements.

GB Boxing’s move, which will operate under the brand name Podium2Pro, and whose financial accounts will be kept separate, were welcomed by UK Sport chief executive Sally Munday.

“After consultation with GB Boxing, we believe that there is the positive benefit to WCP boxers of training alongside hugely successful former WCP athletes, such as Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall,”
said Munday.

“GB Boxing has delivered a huge amount of success at recent Olympic Games, and we look forward to British boxers continuing to unite and inspire the nation with many more dazzling performances in the
future.”

Elias Makokha is a professional Media Practitioner venturing into Corporate Communications, Radio Broadcast and Digital content creation with a keen interest in videography, photography and online Writing. He works well individually and collaboratively with his juniors, peers and seniors. He adheres to the hallmarks of journalism and accurately reports by conducting fact checks from reputable sources before publishing.

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