Lauren Price wins Wales' first ever boxing World Boxing Championship gold

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Welsh middleweight Lauren Price has won gold in controversial circumstances at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Russia.

Price was upgraded from silver following a protest by GB Boxing, with Holland's Nouchka Fontijn having initially been awarded a 3-2 victory.

The appeal prompted a three-person bout review jury to re-score the second round of the contest, changing the result in Price's favour.

Fontijn, who had been preparing to receive her gold medal when news of the appeal first emerged, refused to re-appear on the podium to receive her silver medal.

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In winning gold, the 25-year-old became Wales' first every amateur World Champion superseding the achievements of Andrew Selby and Kevin Evans who won silver and bronze respectively.

Lauren Price won middleweight gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Credit: PA Images

Price said: "It all feels like a bit of a dream at the minute.I have dreamt of being world champion for most of my life, so to finally achieve it feels unreal.

"It was a close fight and I did think I had won it with my work in the second and third rounds, so once it went to review I thought there was a good chance it would go in my favour."

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “Lauren has been absolutely fantastic for the last two years and thoroughly deserves to be world champion. She has been getting better and better and winning the world championship is a fantastic reward for all of the hard work she has put in in the gym."