Welsh Boxing Makes History: Lauren Price And Jay Harris Crowned British Champions

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

Welsh Boxing now seems to be synonymous with big nights and it celebrated another historic night as Lauren Price and Jay Harris added to the country’s British Champions list.

The pair joined Sean McGoldrick and Gavin Gwynne to hold an impressive four titles, with Harris earning a hard-fought 10th round stoppage against Tommy Frank to emulate the achievements of his father, Peter, who won the belt 35 years ago.

Meanwhile, Price made history by beating Kirstie Bavington in the first British Female Welterweight Championship title in Birmingham.

In only her fourth professional fight, the 28-year-old from Ystrad Mynach secured her first Championship title, adding to her illustrious collection of European, Commonwealth, World, and Olympic gold medals won during her stunning amateur career.

Price dominated the fight, and all three judges scored the fight 100-90, showcasing her immense quality as she looks to build towards a World title shot in the coming years.

Harris also returned the British Flyweight Championship to the Harris household after his father’s win, ending any speculation or fear of potential retirement by stopping Frank in the 10th round.

It was ten years since Harris’s debut, but after a tough opening spell of the fight, he began to turn the tide and take control of the fight.

The boxer from Swansea joined the likes of Colin Jones, Enzo Maccarinelli, Nathan Cleverly, and Lee Selby to become the tenth Welsh boxer to win a triple crown of British, Commonwealth, and European honors.

Harris said: “Look, that was one of the best wins I’ve had. Credit to Tommy, man. He came out and gave me one hell of a fight. This is probably the most important belt to myself because my dad won it back in the day.

“It’s nice now to have a father and son in the history books who have won the British title. Making history.”


Glamorgan ran out of time to bowl Yorkshire out on the final day of their LV Championship Division Two clash at Headingley, as the weather frustrated their efforts.

Marnus Labuschagne, Glamorgan’s Australian test pair, put Glamorgan in a great position to win the game on days two and three.

Michael Neser, his Australian and teammate, took a career-best 7-32 as Glamorgan bowled out the hosts for 106 in the first innings.

Labuschagne hit an unbeaten 170 as he helped Glamorgan to 352-4 declared, setting Yorkshire 492 to win. It looked a daunting task for Adam Lyth and his side with Glamorgan needed ten wickets to seal their first win of the season.

Late wickets from Tim van der Gugten gave Glamorgan a chance to win the game. But a defiant 174 from Adam Lyth and 55* for Jordan Thompson ensured their side batted out the remaining overs of day 4 to hold on to a draw.

Table Tennis

Wales’ women’s table tennis team secured qualification to the European Championships in Malmo with a 3-1 victory against Finland.

Commonwealth Games bronze medalists Charlotte Carey and Anna Hursey got the Welsh team off to the perfect start, winning both games 3-0 against Marina Donner and A Titievskaja to give Wales a healthy 2-0 lead.

Although Finland pulled a game back when Ramona Betz held on for a tight 3-2 victory against Wales’ Laura Whitton, Anna Hursey sealed European qualification for Wales with a 3-0 victory against Donner.