Terri Harper to fight on blockbuster night for women's boxing
Terri Harper will feature in the first ever women’s world title triple-header next month, Matchroom Boxing has announced.
Denaby’s Harper will defend her world titles against Spanish-Norwegian Katharina Thanderz on November 14 – on an historic bill also featuring Katie Taylor and Rachel Ball.
Harper (10-0-1, 5 KOs) retained her WBC and IBO super-featherweight belts with a thrilling split decision draw against Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas at Fight Camp in August.
‘Belter’ now faces her first WBC mandatory challenger in Thanderz (13-0, 2 KOs), the undefeated interim WBC super-featherweight world champion who claimed the title against Brazilian Danila Ramos after a brutal ten round battle last November.
“This is the most excited I’ve been for a fight, I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove,” said Harper.
“We’ve had the opportunity in this camp to work on lots of new things, having a strength and conditioning coach join the team. I want to go out and put the wrongs right.”
Thanderz said: “It’s an amazing feeling to know that I’m finally fighting for the world title.
“I’ve been waiting such a long time for this moment, and I just know I’ll give my everything to win the title.
"Harper is a young and talented fighter. I think she’s a very hard-working girl. She’s fast, she has a good technique, she has stamina, and she’s a very good fighter. It will a pleasure to share the ring with her.
“I am confident I can beat her,” she added.
"I have a very good feeling, and I’m working very hard in my camp to be the best version of myself.
"I know it will be very difficult, especially because of the circumstances of the fight, but I’m prepared to surprise and shock everyone when I get the win.
"I feel very good about fighting in the UK. I’ve never fought in England, so I can’t wait to have the experience of fighting in a completely new country with so many boxing fans.”
Undisputed lightweight world champion Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs) will put her titles on the line once more against undefeated Spaniard Miriam Gutierrez, while Ball (6-1) will face undefeated Australian Ebanie Bridges (4-0, 2 KOs) for the vacant WBA bantamweight crown.
“This a historic moment,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“A huge night of boxing that will be headlined by not one but three women’s world title fights.
"Katie Taylor has spun the game on its head since she turned pro and has paved the way for so many great female fighters. Katie faces the second mandatory challenger during her undisputed reign in tough undefeated Spaniard Miriam Gutierrez.
“While fresh off a Fight of the Year contender at Fight Camp, Terri Harper faces her first mandatory challenger in undefeated Spanish-Norwegian Katharina Thanderz and in a fairy tale story Rachel Ball has a chance to become world champion against popular Aussie Ebanie Bridges.
"This is a major statement from us and our broadcast partners, don’t miss an incredible night on November 14.”