Terri Harper should consider that rematch clause carefully
Terri Harper (11-1, 6KOs) was bulldozed for her WBC junior lightweight title by Alycia Baumgardner in four rounds on November 13. Following the loss, there’s a burning question surrounding the former champion: Will she take the immediate rematch?
Most people would say she should get right back in there and seek redemption. However, if you saw the fight, you’d probably pump the brakes at that sentiment. The performance put on by Baumgardner was very impressive. Not only did she display her boxing ability, she also closed the show with her much talked-about punching power. The Detroit, Michigan native put it all together as she said she would prior to the two women stepping into the ring.
REVENGE IS AN OPTION IF SHE WANTS IT!
While Harper looked timid, unsure and flat out horrible in her third title defense, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. As revealed by her promoter, Eddie Hearn, in the aftermath, the former champion does indeed have a rematch clause. So the opportunity to exact revenge is there, if she wants it. But, does she? This writer didn’t like the body language she displayed. The moment leather was thrown and connected, she appeared to shut down almost immediately.
Also, let’s take the way she lost into consideration. Terri Harper was knocked out cold on her in front of her home crowd. Does she want to taste that power of Baumgardner again? I’m not so sure. At the end of day, I’m all for fighters wanting to redeem themselves. However, with all things considered, in particular the way she lost, I think she should carefully consider taking one or two tune-up fights to restore her confidence. She not only lost her title, she also lost her unbeaten record. Those things will stay with her for awhile, mentally.
Be as it may, we here at 3kingsboxing.com will monitor the situation going forward and provided updates as they become available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher