Terri Harper retained her WBC Super featherweight title with a ninth round stoppage victory over Katharina Thanderz on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Wembley.
After fighting to a draw in the first defence of her WBC strap against Natasha Jonas in August, Harper was in need of a more impressive performance and this definitely fits the bill. She controlled the fight, keeping her range and using her jab rightly. She was able to move in and out connecting some good hooks in the process.
Harper made her learn the hard way, she was definitely a levels ahead of the Spanish based Norwegian. Giving Thanderz no opening, it was clear she learnt from the Jonas fight.
“I learnt from [the Jonas fight],” Harper said. “I was expecting a tough fight and I just my right hand in the fourth round. But stuck to the game plan and listened to everything Andrew [Stefy Bull, her trainer] said to me.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn hopes she makes it up to the Undisputed crown as he most recently signed WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi and IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche. He has also stated that the promotion is open to making a fight with Mikaela Mayer too.
Harper started the fight on a good note, maintaining her range and looked out for opportunities to connect a one-two. Thanderz on the other hand, started out the aggressor, coming forward but had little success.
Harper was a little crafty with her moves and for the first six rounds, picked her apart with big right hands and when close, connected with left hooks.
Thanderz upped the pace in the sixth round, got more aggressive behind Harper’s jab, She was able to get a few connections but the few times she succeeded in pinning Harper to the ropes, she ended up getting outboxed by the English champion.
Harper, decided to fight on the back foot in the eight round, inviting the then desperate Thanderz forward and picking her apart. Harper was still able to maintain her work rate.
Thanderz showed heart but that was to her detriment as things got worst in the ninth with an accidental clash of heads making her bleed from the nose. A few moments later, she got hurt by a bodyshot and sending the end, Harper went for the kill, bossing her around the ring with a series of unanswered head and body shots before the referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to stop the fight.