WBC junior lightweight titleholder Terri Harper is planning to bring a high energy approach in her upcoming bout against Natasha Jonas this weekend, she’s expecting the pressure will wear on her opponent to the point she’ll be able to capitalize on it.
“For me, professional and amateur boxing are two completely different styles,” said Harper. “We’re not going to do anything daft. We’re not just going to be looking for a stoppage. I’m going to use my engine that for some reason Natasha thinks could be a bad thing. I’m going to work Natasha all night and break her down.
“Tasha gets caught quite a lot and I’m a big strong junior lightweight. When I get in the ring I’m easily a good 10 or 12 pounds heavier than what I was at the weigh-in the day before. I’ve got a bit of meat behind my punches and I strongly believe I could get a stoppage over Tasha.
“She keeps saying there’s nothing I do better than her but obviously I beat Viviane Obenauf. I’m not going to go off that fight, but I think I’ve got one up on Natasha. Every fight I’m having I’m always thinking about that next step and reaching the next level. I enjoy the risks but I feel I have great momentum and I can’t see anything stopping me at the minute.”
Should Harper get past this fight, she’ll turn her attention to Katie Taylor, who is currently scheduled to face Delfine Persoon in a rematch.