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Swedish boxer wins women's world title

The Local · 25 Sep 2010, 19:48

Published: 25 Sep 2010 19:48 GMT+02:00

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Laurén, ranked 10th in the world, and fifth-ranked Jill Emery of New York fought through six rounds before Laurén emerged victorious, winning 3-0 on the judges' scorecards.

A former member of Sweden's national swim team, Laurén was later arrested by police in an apartment full of doping materials and sentenced to 14 months in prison, serving 10 of them.

Her fall from grace made headlines when teammate and longtime friend Therese Alshammar went public and distanced herself from Laurén, breaking contact.

"I learned who my real friends were," Laurén told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Laurén, who also models, later turned to boxing, competing in her first professional boxing match in May 2009.

Friday's match began with slight hesitation as the two boxers sized each other up. Laurén worked her way into the match with each successive round. Emery is a left-handed boxer, which was something of a new challenge for Laurén.

In the end, however, Laurén seized home-ring advantage, winning the match as three judges favoured her 59-56, 59-56 and 58-56.

"I am so incredibly happy. This is what I've fought so hard for," she said in a post-match statement.

Laurén has now won her six matches as a pro, one by knockout, the rest on points.

She is now setting her sights on the possibility of fighting the world's top-ranked welterweight, Norway's Cecilia Braekhus, at Stockholm's Globen Arena.

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"The dream is to meet her in a title fight at Globen. I grew up in Enskede with Globen as a neighbour. It's my home turf. It would attract a hell of a lot of people if it became a reality," she told Aftonbladet.

One hitch is that a title fight for heavier weight classes requires a match of 10 rounds. Since Sweden's ban on professional boxing was lifted, only fights of six rounds are permitted.

The boxing gala in Karlstad in which Laurén competed was also the first time in 40 years that men were allowed to box six rounds in Sweden, albeit with special permission from the Örebro county administrative board.

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Your comments about this article

00:11 September 26, 2010 by Swedesmith
How's her ground game?
04:24 September 26, 2010 by shiraz
Boxing is not a very admirable sport particularly for a people who are supposed to be gentle and pretty and loving. We ought to be setting an example for the rest of the more cruder nations (you know who) by embracing athletic activity that is benign and morally uplifting (and mentally too perhaps). This is a disappointment.
09:22 September 26, 2010 by Gordy
Was this article translated using Google translate?

Certainly not up to the Locals normal standard of reporting...
10:22 September 26, 2010 by jeffi_in_denmark
A people who are supposed to be gentle and pretty and loving? Are you referring to gender or location of birth, Shiraz? What sports are you involved in?
11:00 September 26, 2010 by Streja
What's with the shoes? Not very practical in the forest.

Why is she trying to be a glamour model? Boxing wasn't enough? Wouldn't it be good if she was good-looking as well if she wants to model? Does every woman who has a career have to pose in pictures? What's next?
11:06 September 26, 2010 by LuxVeritas
Thanks for the mixed messages and the compete waste of front page space. Sport for the sport pages please, we get enough Roman style blood and bread PROGRAMING on tv and news STORY papers.
11:17 September 26, 2010 by Hurly
Does anyone actually read these articles before they are published??

I think my 3 year old has better grammar and translation skills.
13:43 September 26, 2010 by Amber Dawn
Reading that made my head hurt.
13:49 September 26, 2010 by Swedesmith
@shiraz Speaking of crude nations (you know who), I hear of some places where women are treated like cattle: they can't vote, own property and must walk around with their faces covered. If their husband grows tired of them, he can accuse them of adultery and stone them to death. Unless, of course, he decides to instead burn them.
14:11 September 26, 2010 by Rebel
Swedesmith, are you talking about the Amish?
14:31 September 26, 2010 by Iraniboy

That's very irrelevant but I can't recall those nations! Not allowing to vote and having to walk around with their face covered was enforced by Taliban in Afghanistan but in case you didn't noticed their government has changed more than 10 years ago.:D Besides if you're talking about that time it wasn't their nation who accepted this it was a military government which was enforcing it. It's sad that you can't see the difference between these two!!
17:17 September 26, 2010 by americanska
Iraniboy - I think he was talking about IRAN.
17:59 September 26, 2010 by Iraniboy

In that case he should read more or close his mouth because I should inform him that:

1) Woman had a right to vote in Iran before Switzerland.

2) They can own property and one of the top 10 most richest Iranian is a woman who owns a transportation company.

3) A friend of mine living in London told me he sees more woman covering their face in East London that any city in Iran.

4) Iran has never had burning an option since 4000 years ago.

5) A man cannot accuse his wife of adultery without a proof and 4 witnesses otherwise he would be lashed and subject to compensation for wrong allegation.

6) Stoning as a punishment has unfortunately existed in Iranian law but most judges were instructed to avoid it until it is fully abolished. But unfortunately it seems there is at least one stupid disgusting judge in Iran who still think about it as an option. Fortunately the outrage against that sentence caused it to be lifted.

Now this wannabe Swedesmith should explain to me what the hell he was talking about !! Yeah we have a stupid government and it's getting worse but things mentioned by this Swedssmith has never existed!!
02:46 September 27, 2010 by repat_xpat
This is as expected, it would be a surprise if a Swedish woman didn't win a boxing prize.
07:56 September 27, 2010 by izbz
Once saw a woman in Langkawi, Malaysia doing para sailing all covered up, burka and all.

One would have thought this woman came from Japan (ninja in the sky).


Maybe you are not a fanatic, don't you think it is uncomfortable for women to dress this way in the heat, sticky, sweaty, maybe smelly from the sweat. Maybe spraying cheap perfume to cover the sweat smell.
07:59 September 27, 2010 by G Kin

I find your post below to be rather judgemental. Other sports can be just as dengerous and if you can't stand boxing, leave it to us.

Who are the crude countries by the way?. You coming from Iran has alot of work to do in your home land. START FROM THERE!!!

"Boxing is not a very admirable sport particularly for a people who are supposed to be gentle and pretty and loving. We ought to be setting an example for the rest of the more cruder nations (you know who) by embracing athletic activity that is benign and morally uplifting (and mentally too perhaps). This is a disappointment. "
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