Following a one-sided stoppage loss to Alycia Baumgardner in November, former 130 lb titleholder Terri Harper will return in March, and is moving up to the lightweight division.
Harper (11-1-1, 6 KO) has dealt with injury issues, including a hand surgery that kept her out of the ring for a year between a Nov. 2020 win over Katharina Thanderz and the loss to Baumgardner, who just overpowered and overwhelmed the 25-year-old Brit.
A move to 135, though, could pay off nicely, at least in terms of opportunity. It should be expected Harper will return in a fight she’s meant to win, but a win could set her up for a possible fight with undisputed champion Katie Taylor at some point in 2022.
Harper wouldn’t be top choice for Taylor — or even top two or three, probably — but we all know boxing doesn’t always deliver us the fights we want or the best ones to make, so I wouldn’t count on Taylor vs Amanda Serrano happening until it’s actually signed. Harper moving to 135 immediately at least puts her in the mix.