Lauren Johnson ready for ring return
Lauren Johnson’s homecoming may have been derailed, but her return to the ring next week will still be ‘meaningful’.
Wolverhampton’s only active female professional boxer was due to fight at the city’s Starworks Warehouse on Saturday, June 9, only for a fire to cause a change of venue.
The 33-year-old will now lace up her gloves at the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall Campus instead – but the bout will still carry some importance for her against an opponent to be decided.
For starters, it will end a seven-month injury absence that derailed a Midlands welterweight title challenge in March, while there could still be an eight-round crack at British Challenge honours awaiting her.
“There’s no one more frustrated than me,” said Johnson. “I’d have much preferred to be more active.
“Two fights a year isn’t good for me and I haven’t boxed in 2018, either. My knee is much better now, I’ve got a proper team looking after me from physio through to nutrition, strength and conditioning. I’m running again, too.
“Every cloud has a silver lining which, for me, is being in the best shape I can possibly be for the fight and I’m told it will be a meaningful contest, that could get me to a good level.”
The bill will be topped by a 10-round battle for the English bantamweight title between Kyle Williams and defending champion Thomas Essomba.