What Are Terri Harper’s Future Goals?
One of the top young female stars in boxing, Terri Harper has her goals lined up as she continues to move forward with her career. Being in the now, however, is still the most important one.
Harper (10-0) will be defending her newly-won WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight Title against Natasha Jonas this Friday, August 7. The “Matchroom” Fight Camp” bout will take place in the backyard of Matchroom Boxing’s UK office. Already challenged at 23, Harper’s goal is to become one of the best fighters within her division, and beyond.
“For me, I’m down at super featherweight and I’m fully focused on this division,” Harper told The Telegraph. “There are some great names and champions for me to beat. The goal is to unify and become undisputed and that’s when we will definitely be moving up weight. I do believe I can move up a couple of weights. I walk around 10st 6oz comfortably when I’m not in camp.
Originally set for April, the fight was moved as a result of the coronavirus.
Since turning pro in 2017, Harper (10-0) has been able to become a huge commodity in the boxing world. She signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing in 2019, making her debut against Viviane Obenauf that November. She beat Viviane via unanimous decision to retain the IBO Super-Featherweight Title she won from Nozipho Bell.
Right away, Harper faced her biggest test to date this February in Eva Wahlstrom. The WBC Champion, who has held onto the title since 2015. lost to Harper via unanimous decision. Harper has now gotten the attention of various fighters, some from America. Top Rank’s Mikaela Mayer and her have been going at it on social media, teasing a fight with one another. Would Harper accept a fight while also going abroad for the first time?
“I’ve always wanted to go to America,” Harper went on to say. “If I ever go the opportunity to box over there that would be a dream come true.”
Harper faces a 2012 World Championship medalist in Jonas. The 35-year-old Jonas (9-1) has won three fights in a row since having her undefeated streak snapped by Obenauf. The southpaw beat Feriche Mashauri, Bec Connolly, and Bianka Majlath.
Not only is Harper thinking about her opponent, Mayer, and America in general, but she also has Katie Taylor on her mind. Someone who has beaten Wahlstrom, Taylor is the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO Lightweight Champion. She is also the WBO Junior-Welterweight Champion. Taylor is someone Harper has idolized before turning pro and would be interested in facing a pioneer in Taylor. Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn happens to agree.
“Katie has opened the door for all these opportunities for other women,” Hearn stated. “Terri Harper initially packed boxing in aged 16 because there was nowhere to go. This sport has enabled a young girl from Doncaster who worked in a chip shop to become a world champion, buy a new house, fill up arenas across Sheffield, fight in front of millions on fight camp, and probably if she’s victorious, to go to America and unify…Terri is so refreshing.”
“Matchroom Fight Camp” will air on DAZN at 2 p.m. ET this Friday. The main event is scheduled to start at around 5 p.m. ET.