Leeds boxer Nathasha Gale on course for World final

Natasha Gale, right.
Natasha Gale, right.
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LEEDS’ former European champion Natasha Gale remains on course for a final showdown with Wales’ Commonwealth Games champion Lauren Price in the AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships in New Delhi.

Both fighters came through their bouts in the 75kg category in the last 16 today with Gale beating Italy’s Assunta Canfora via unanimous decision.

Ismail Khan.

Ismail Khan.

Price also beat Ireland’s Aiofe O’Rourke via unanimous decision with the GB team-mates both due back in action in their quarter final bouts tomorrow afternoon. Gale is up against China’s Li Qian with Price taking on Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik.

The two will meet in the final if they both continue winning ways, a bout which would take place on Saturday after Friday’s semi-finals.

Gale was dropped from Britain’s team for the European Championships earlier this year because of “unacceptable conduct” meaning the 30-year-old was unable to defend the title she won in 2017 at her first major international event.

With Gale missing, Price took middleweight bronze at the 2018 Europeans which followed the Welsh fighter’s Commonwealth Games middlweight gold. Gale also competed at the Commonwealths but lost in the first round.

Looking ahead to this weekend, Beeston’s Ismail Khan is in confident mood ahead of the Leeds fighter’s professional debut.

Khan won multiple national titles as an amateur with the fighter representing England on numerous occasions and having assessment for Team GB.

The featherweight has since turned pro with the puncher making his debut in taking on Jake Pollard this Friday evening at Leeds United’s Elland Road Banqueting Suite as part of the same bill that features the eighth pro fight of Leeds puncher Jack Bateson who will face Nicaragua’s Elvis Guillen.

“I am looking forward for my debut and believe I can achieve great things in the professional game,” said Khan.

“The experience I gained in the amateurs has set me up for it. I have won the English and northern belt in the amateurs and I believe I will also win many belts in the future too.”

Khan will be managed by Mark Bateson and trained by Julian McGowan.