‘I want to be champion of the world’

Boxer Terri Harper from Doncaster set to capture women's WBC world title against veteran Finnish Eva Wahlstrom

Terri Harper after her first title defence

Doncaster’s IBO World super featherweight champion Terri Harper is set to face Finnish veteran Eva Wahlstrom for the WBC belt at Sheffield Arena.

Terri’s rise to the world stage has been meteoric after she made her professional debut in 2017 and became Britain’s youngest female world champion.

Terri Harper defeats Nina Bradley to claim vacant World Boxing Council International Female Light Title.

She became the IBO champion in July of last year after beating Nozipho Bell in July 2019. The fight at Rotherham’s Magna Centre ended with a TKO victory in favour of Terri after she landed a flush right hand on the chin of her South African opponent.

Since then, Terri has successfully recorded her first defence of the IBO super featherweight belt against Vivienne Obenauf.

Terri used all 10 rounds to showcase her ability to break down opponents by using her adept boxing skill and knowledge crafted in Stefy Bull’s Fitness and Circuit Centre.

In the build up to her WBC title challenge Harper has been as cool, calm and collected as ever. This was ever present in her interview (see below) at the Winter Garden in Sheffield.

Despite facing off against a seasoned world champion in Eva Wahlstrom, Terri appears focused and calm.

Her trainer Stefy Bull said: “She’s determined to win this fight and has been from the beginning. Before we took the fight with Eva, Terri was on holiday but, whilst she was there she’d be training every day, just as hard as she would at home. That speaks volumes on the type of girl she is”.

Terri is tipped as the favourite to emerge as the new WBC super featherweight world champion, should she emerge as the victor.

Doncaster’s heavyweight icon David Allen says she could go on to equal the achievements of Irish phenomenon Katie Taylor.

“I train regularly with Terri and she’s world class, she certainly pushes me to my limits. At 23 and to have the opportunity to become a two time world champion is amazing not only for her but the whole of Doncaster”.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she went onto to become the next Katie Taylor.”

Before Terri can call herself a two-time world champion, she has to better her opponent.

On this occasion she takes the form of 39-year-old current WBC super featherweight world champion Eva Wahlstrom.

Hailing from Finland, Wahlstrom has proved that she is no easy adversary, boasting an impressive 23 career wins and only one loss.

Eva Wahlstrom suffered an agonising loss to Katie Taylor.

Wahlstrom has shared the ring with some of the best fighters to have graced women’s boxing, Katie Taylor having been the Finnish boxers biggest challenge to date. Her experience and veteran status proves to be her strongest asset going into the ring with Harper.