Terri Harper ready to show improvements against Katharina Thanderz

Terri Harper says she has made a number of improvements following her thrilling split decision draw with Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas in August.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 12:30 pm
Terri Harper. Photo: Matchroom Boxing

The 24-year-old retained her WBC and IBO super-featherweight world titles after ten rounds of action in Essex but the Denaby star was left disappointed with her performance.

Harper (10-0-1, 5 KOs) puts her titles on the line against WBC mandatory challenger Katharina Thanderz (13-0, 2 KOs) at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday.

The 24-year-old is open to a rematch with former Team GB standout Jonas but insists that all of her attention is on the job at hand against undefeated Spanish-Norwegian Thanderz.

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“I just fight who I’m told to fight,” said Harper.

“Thanderz was called as mandatory so that’s it. I’ve had my eye on her a good few months, maybe a year as a potential opponent so it’s not like she’s just popped out of nowhere.

“I learnt a lot after my last fight in many ways and I do want that rematch with Tasha down the line and also unifications.

“But I have a proven and deserving mandatory challenger to contend with first before we even look at those options – this is a proper fight and one I’m not overlooking.

“Previously I used to take it to heart when people called me out but it shows I’m doing something right and have something they all want – the green and gold belt, but it’s one fight at a time.

“We’ve made changes from the last camp, including bringing a new S&C coach on board.

“It’s really opened my eyes to a few areas I was perhaps missing before, the improvements we’ve made since the summer are already starting to show. You’ll see my boxing skills shine through, I’ll set the pace, be disciplined in there and retain my titles.”

Harper against Thanderz is part of an historical night of women’s world title action that sees Irish star Katie Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs) put her lightweight world titles on the line once more against mandatory challenger Miriam Gutierrez (13-0, 5 KOs).