Natasha Jonas speaks on being the underdog against Terri Harper
When Natasha Jonas (9-1, 7 KO’s) next goes to battle on August 7, she fully realizes that she is the confirmed underdog. When she takes on WBC and IBO world super featherweight champion Terri Harper (10-0, 5 KO’s) it will be her first attempt at capturing a world title and her first time on a stage this big.
Even though she acknowledges that this is new territory, Jonas is not shrinking away from the moment. Instead, at the final presser, she has exuded a calm air about herself and expressed how she believes that not only can she win but she can stop Harper.
[on feeling like an underdog] “I definitely do, judging by the bookies and a lot a bit of social media, but I think that anyone who knows about boxing knows that you can’t write a person off just by one performance. I know that I have done everything that I can possibly do in this camp and more, given 100% in every training session and I believe I can do it.”
“…I believe that if I land cleanly, she will go yeah.”
BETTER THAN EVER
Yet, as one might expect, Jonas is giving herself more than simply a puncher’s chance at victory. While her upcoming bout is a milestone for her professionally, it’s not the first time that she made significant noise in the sport.
Back in 2012, Jonas made history by becoming the first British female boxer to compete in the Olympics. Now, as she has prepared for battle with Harper, the former Olympian feels that she has resumed that old form.
“I believe that I have turned the clock back to pre-Olympics and like I say mentally, physically and emotionally I’m the best athlete that I have ever been and I’m going to get in that ring and prove it on Friday.”
By: Bakari Simpson