Olympic champion Worth wins on skilled debut
Wales’ Olympic champion Lauren Worth made a profitable begin to her skilled profession with a powerful victory over Valgerdur Gudstensdottir.
Worth, 27, gained each spherical of the six-round bout at London’s Wembley Area.
The competition was on the undercard of British cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe’s IBF world title eliminator towards Italy’s Fabio Turchi.
“I actually loved it, it is the primary one and I am buzzing, let’s go once more,” Worth advised Sky Sports activities.
“I wished to chill out and I did not need to rush my work. It was nice to get six rounds below my belt. I loved it, a win is a win. Thanks to everybody who supported me, purchased tickets and got here to observe.”
In August, in Tokyo, Worth grew to become the primary Welsh fighter, male or feminine, to win an Olympic Video games boxing gold medal.
A glittering novice profession additionally noticed her win a world championship, in addition to Commonwealth Video games gold in 2018 in Australia’s Gold Coast and this was a vastly spectacular begin to life as knowledgeable, preventing at welterweight.
Earlier this week, she stated she hoped to proceed an awesome few days for Welsh sport after Joe Cordina claimed the IBF super-featherweight title and the boys’s soccer crew beat Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for the World Cup.
Worth, born in Newport and who lives in Ystrad Mynach, demonstrated good footwork from the off, with Iceland’s Gudstensdottir, preventing in the UK for the primary time, struggling to land something.
A robust proper hook within the first spherical from Worth was correct with Gudstensdottir going through issues with Worth’s fast combos touchdown frequently. By the third spherical Worth was in full management, comfortably choosing off her opponent, who had gained 5 and misplaced two of her earlier seven bouts.
It grew to become a query of whether or not Gudstensdottir would go the six-round distance. She took a number of punishment in direction of the tip of the fifth however managed to outlive to listen to the ultimate bell.
Earlier than committing to boxing, Worth had gained kickboxing world titles and as a proficient footballer performed in defence for the Wales’ senior girls’s crew.
Coach Rob McCracken was happy with Worth’s work, saying: “I assumed she was nice. She’s been in camp for a very long time and it is good to get six rounds.
“She is going to solely get higher and study from each combat.”
Promoter Ben Shalom added: “I am unbelievably comfortable. Rob advised me she was one of the best feminine he had labored with.
“Towards an excellent opponent, she did brilliantly and I can not wait to see her develop.”
Lauren Worth (proper) gained 60-54 on the referee’s scorecard towards Valgerdur Gudstensdottir of Iceland Wales’ Olympic champion Lauren Worth made a profitable begin to her skilled profession with a powerful victory over Valgerdur Gudstensdottir. Worth, 27, gained each spherical of the six-round bout at London’s Wembley Area. The competition was on the undercard of British…