Karriss Artingstall: Coventry & Beyond

Karriss Artingstall: Coventry & Beyond

Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall have been labelled boxing’s power couple, the golden couple even, and could quite easily be the future of women’s boxing.

After leaving the amateur ranks, at least for now, with medals at the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games, Price and Artingstall set sail to a brand new world.

Price left Tokyo with a Gold medal around her neck, Artingstall with a Bronze. A wafer-thin victory over the talented Australian Skye Nicolson before a punch or so, either way, split-decision loss to Japan’s Sena Irie denied the former Army recruit an opportunity to emulate the achievements of Price.

The route to boxing for Artingstall is not unique. In her words, she was a little terror in her early formative years. Expelled from four different schools, before a once-a-week trip to the local boxing gym in Macclesfield that very quickly spawned real potential. After two years away from boxing, Artingstall found her way back into boxing via her time in the Army. Medals in the European and World Championships as well as the Olympic Bronze followed before the decision to turn professional with Boxxer and Sky earlier this year.

There were many in the hunt for the signatures of the pair. Eddie Hearn gave them the Matchroom red carpet treatment, but Price and Artingstall opted to sign with Sky’s new partner and join a flourishing stable that consists of world champions Claressa Shields, Savannah Marshall and Natasha Jonas, plus future stars like Caroline Dubois.

Jonas predicts a bright future for Artingstall, saying that her style is already made for the pro game and is very fan-friendly, and the Liverpool fighter rates her very highly, telling me: “She’s just got something.”

Price made her debut a few weeks ago in London, and for Artingstall, her professional journey begins this Saturday night in Coventry. The nature of her sport, and the undoubted talent she has, will mean Artingstall will be moved quickly in her new surroundings. Price has talked about winning world titles in numerous weight divisions, and Artingstall will hold similar lofty ambitions. Her old amateur opponent Nicolson has quickly and impressively built a 4-0 record and will likely fight for a Commonwealth title in September. A rematch between the pair in the paid ranks is a natural. The only question is likely to be when and where.

Artingstall 27, might go under the radar somewhat, but the expectation is, that won’t last long. An impressive start to her professional career on Saturday night, and the talk will soon be, who out of the golden couple fights for a world title first. There is every chance we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

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