Harper & Jonas Fight To A Split-Draw
Written off by practically every pundit beforehand, Natasha Jonas rolled back the years and very nearly pulled off the seismic upset.
Terri Harper held on to her WBC and IBO world super-featherweight titles by the skin of her teeth. Harper survived a real scare and can consider herself a shade fortunate not to lose her unbeaten record.
Jonas got the good start she desperately needed, and even a cut eye she suffered in the 2nd couldn’t stop the inspired Liverpool fighter.
The pair exchanged rounds, and there was very little in it throughout this thoroughly absorbing contest.
Harper had a good 7th, and the worry for fans of Jonas must have been, had she fought her fight. Would she fade away, and the youth of her opponent take over.
But Jonas came roaring back in the 8th, a beautiful combination very nearly put Harper over. But the champion survived, and she marched relentlessly forward in the 10th and final round to save her title.
I had it 6-4 Jonas, however, the judges scored it 96-94, 95-96, 95-95 and Harper retained her titles by way of a split-draw.
It was another showcase for women’s boxing, a sport that is thriving and will grow further because of what Harper and Jonas gave us tonight.
A rematch is surely inevitable, for both it’s definitely a case of unfinished business.
Despite not getting the verdict, Jonas will feel she has proved her point.
Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing