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Lauren Johnson ready for ring return

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Lauren Johnson’s homecoming may have been derailed, but her return to the ring next week will still be ‘meaningful’.

Boxer Lauren Johnson will be back in action next week (Picture: Rob Ellis/BCB Promotions)

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.

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