WBC junior lightweight champion Terri Harper has questioned Natasha Jonas’ professionalism after the Olympian turned up late to Matchroom HQ’s bubble ahead of fight week.
Every person participating in the event was given a selected time for COVID-19 tests but Jonas missed her arranged time and instead turned up on Tuesday afternoon. Harper – who collides with Jonas in the first all-English female world title bout in combat sports – was less than impressed with her opponent.
Harper told Sky Sports: “No threat of bumping into her!
“I believe it is unprofessional, personally. I do not know the explanation behind it – hopefully it is a good one – however I believe it is unprofessional.
“For me, she will do what she desires. However on [behalf of Matchroom and Sky Sports], the work that you’ve got put in, ensuring all the things sticks to the schedule, it is thrown a spanner within the works.”
Harper added: “For me, skilled and newbie boxing are two utterly completely different types.
“We’re not going to do something daft. We’re not going to be on the lookout for a stoppage.
“I will use my engine that for some purpose Natasha thinks might be a nasty factor. I will work Natasha all night time and break her down.”
Mayer vows to kick Harper's ass
Mikaela Mayer has revealed promoter Bob Arum has promised her a world title shot with WBO queen Ewa Brodnicka on the radar. The 2016 Olympian - unbeaten from 13 bouts - is hoping that her and Harper can share the ring together across the Atlantic.
“There is not any arduous emotions in the direction of her,” Mayer informed Sky Sports activities. “I simply need to combat her, kick her ass and take her belt!
“She has good abilities – she’s tall, makes use of her attain nicely, has a great jab. Strong, fundamental foundations. She does not have something that’s full trash or not technically sound.
“If I had been to combat her? I’d take her out of that consolation zone that she is in, and take it to her.
“However she is not well-rounded but. She nonetheless has an extended strategy to go.
“She is going to develop over time. However by the point she will get to the highest degree? I will be two ranges forward of her. She’ll by no means catch as much as me.
"Eventually if they want to grow Terri's career, they need to come to America for a fight against me."