Olympic medalists sign deals with GB Boxing

Tokyo Olympic medalists Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall have become the first professional boxers to sign training and management contracts with GB Boxing, which runs the national sport’s world-class performance programme.

Under the terms of the deal, the duo, who have already entered into long-term promotional deals with Boxxer, will continue to train under GB coaches in Sheffieldalongside the next generation of Olympic hopefuls.

GB Boxing managing director Matt Holt stressed the mutual benefit of the arrangement, under which the boxers will receive no funding and will pay part of their professional scholarships to GB Boxing in return for training and facilities .

Lauren Price could be considered for a place in Paris in 2024 (Adam Davy/PA)

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Holt told PA Media: “The main benefit of engaging in this activity isn’t actually financial, it’s the performance benefit for the boxers who go through the program.

“We have seen in previous cycles the benefits our boxers have derived from training regularly with the highest quality professional boxers – Carl Froch through the London cycle then Antoine Joshua after London, through Rio and Tokyo.

GB Boxing chiefs have determined an initial capacity for three professionals, who under current international boxing rules have the option of continuing to represent Team GB in the Olympics as professionals.

Karriss Artingstall (left) won a bronze medal in Tokyo (PA Wire)

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However, Holt stressed that the deal does not represent a move to optimize future Olympic options on behalf of the governing body, and that it has been made clear that boxers in the program will be favored when it comes to issues. Selection.

In addition, a clause in the contracts of professional boxers specifies that in the event of a confrontation between a professional fight and a significant event linked to the world-class program, the latter must take priority.

“The core business, bread and butter, is the world-class program and we will continue to deliver that as a priority and to the highest standards,” Holt added.


The core business, bread and butter, is the world-class program, so we will continue to deliver it as a priority and at the highest level.

Matt Holt, Managing Director of GB Boxing

“This should not be seen as a diminishment of everything we do in this space.

“Our board has agreed as a policy that where we have boxers on the program who are competitive for qualifying and medal performances, those boxers will be prioritized over any professional boxer that was working with.

“We have to make sure we protect the path for boxers going through the system.”

Both Froch and Joshua were regulars at the GB gym when trained as professionals by the performance manager Rob McCrackenbut they did so under private arrangements.

Anthony Joshua previously trained at Sheffield under Rob McCracken (right) (Tim Goode/PA)

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The move by GB Boxing, which will operate under the Podium2Pro brand name, and whose financial accounts will be separated, was welcomed by UK Sport chief executive Sally Munday.

“After consultation with GB Boxing, we believe there is a positive benefit for WCP boxers to train alongside extremely successful former WCP athletes, such as Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall,” Munday said.

“GB Boxing had tremendous success at the recent Olympics, and we look forward to British boxers continuing to unite and inspire the nation with many more dazzling performances in the future.”

Olympic medalists sign deals with GB Boxing

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