Natasha Jonas stance on fighting Lauren Price after Ben Shalom prediction

Joe Gallagher, Natasha Jonas and Ben Shalom
Joe Gallagher, Natasha Jonas and Ben Shalom -Credit:(LAWRENCE LUSTIG/BOXXER)

Natasha Jonas insists she has no plans to fight Lauren Price - despite Ben Shalom claiming a huge showdown will happen.

Price added the WBA, IBO and Ring Magazine world welterweight titles to the Olympic gold medal she won as an amateur in Tokyo three years ago with a comprehensive victory over Jessica McCaskill in Cardiff on Saturday night. McCaskill was unable to continue in the ninth round after an accidental clash of heads left an ugly swelling over the American champion's left eye and the result in the hands of the three judges.

And speaking after the fight, BOXXER chief Shalom, who promotes both Price and Jonas, believes a British showdown between the former Team GB stars could be on the cards. He said: "Tasha Jonas, of course, is a huge fight that I do believe will happen, whether it's next or not. We'll see.

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"We'll have to speak to both of them, they're both great champions, but tonight is about enjoying it.

"What is amazing is that welterweight division has so many big names, so many big fights, so many big opportunities. And that's been an issue for women's boxing.

"In the past, you've had those stars, but you've not had those big rivalries. Lauren is coming in right at the right time, and there are huge nights in this division and beyond."

However, Shalom’s claims came after Jonas, who was watching the Price fight from ringside, shut down the possibility of facing the 29-year-old. The Scouser also spoke of her anger at Boxxer opting to award Price the McCaskill fight over her.

She told Seconds Out: “The McCaskill fight was something that I had been in talks about, and the fight was supposed to be for me, but Boxxer took it and made the deal with Lauren.

“I wasn’t too happy about that. With me wanting to retire at the end of this year, there are fights that I personally want. The one or two fights that I have left, Lauren, isn’t in that plan.”

Jonas retained her IBF welterweight title with a close split-decision win over Mikaela Mayer at the M&S Bank Arena back in January. One judge scored the bout 97-93 in Mayer's favour, but the other two gave it to Jonas by margins of 96-95 and 96-95 to give her a split decision victory.

Mayer, who, unlike Jonas, did not have a rematch clause in the event of a defeat, said after the fight that a 'rematch is warranted'. And Jonas has revealed that while positive talks were held over a rematch, she has been left frustrated and disappointed by a lack of progress in reaching an agreement.

“I have been in contact directly with Mikaela Mayer’s team over a rematch, and we are hoping that it could be on the June card [at Selhurst Park],” she said.

“But from what I can understand from speaking directly with Mayer’s team, it was agreed, and now there is a bit of backtracking.

“I don’t know who that is from or if there are issues with what date it is going to be. I don’t really know and it is a bit disappointing.

“I wanted to start the year good and carry the year on. I don’t want it to be like another year like last year where you are inactive for long periods and only getting one fight.”