Team GB Olympic champion boxer in Eddie Hearn talks to join professional ranks

Lauren Price has revealed that she is to hold discussions with Matchroom boxing chief Eddie Hearn just three days after she won gold for Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

While she currently plans on remaining an amateur fighter, the 27-year-old has not ruled out a move to professional boxing in the future, saying that she wants to keep her options open.

The Welsh middleweight defeated Li Qian in the final on Sunday morning and her phone has been ringing ever since.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales Breakfast, Price said that "I've had a lot of people message me – obviously the big man as well, Eddie Hearn, stuff like that."

Despite Hearn's advances, Price remains committed to the Olympic cause and intends to defend her title at Paris 2024, a decision aided by the shortened cycle between Olympics games as a result of Covid-19.

Price is also keen to take some time off from the sport to evaluate her options and simply relax.

Price said: "I'm sure as an athlete three years is nothing.

"I'm still young and for me Paris is only three years away so I could be a double Olympian.

"There's a lot of opportunities there, but for now I'm just enjoying the moment. I'll take a few weeks off and chill out and then go from there."

"But for me, I love what I do – I've got a great life training in Sheffield, training with world class coaches in a world class programme.

"I can't thank GB Boxing enough so for me there's everything that's coming up as well."

Price stated her intention to continue as an amateur and fight in Paris immediately after her landmark victory. The call to remain an amateur boxer would also grant her the chance at Commonwealth glory in Birmingham in 2022 as well as the ensuing European and World Championships.

Price enjoys the fact that Hearn's approach has given her more options for the future. Speaking on the matter, she said: "He's asked to have a chat with me and stuff like that.

"He's obviously the main man and I don't know; it's opened my options up, but for now I'm just going to take some rest and enjoy the moment.

"When you win an Olympic medal and that it changes your life doesn't it, and starting off as a pro, if you've got that type of background, you've reached the top in the amateur game… then the price, as you say, will be pretty interesting."

Price has plenty of role models in female boxing when it comes to Olympic champions who have decided to forego the immediate compensation of going professional and attempted to defend their titles. In particular, Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor are at the forefront of Price's mind when it comes to the decision.

Price said: "For now my heart is obviously staying on with Team GB and doing another Olympics.

"You look at the likes of Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor. They both did two cycles and Katie Taylor at the minute she is smashing it up in the pros as well."

Price was also keen to emphasise the massive financial difference between going professional as a women's boxing compared to her male counterparts. She hopes that the delay in making that decision will mean that if she wanted to make the move after Paris 2024, the compensation she would receive may be greater.

She said: "Being a man, it's different. In the women's game it's big, it's getting bigger and bigger all the time so another three years it will be bigger again and (I can) just go from there then."

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