TRAINER Paul Durose can be forgiven for missing starlet Terri Harper’s winning warm-up for next month’s European Championships.
The Ernie Oxer school of boxing head coach was at the birth of his new child but still kept up to date with the 15-year-old’s progress and the rest of their stable via his mobile phone!
Denaby’s Harper, a three- time national champion, won a points decision over Bristol’s Adelaide Baker at Mexborough’s Empress Ballrooms and heads to Władysławowo, Poland later this week full of confidence.
Durose said: “I’ve been told she was absolutely faultless and that it was a convincing and clinical performance.
“It stands her in good stead for Poland because she has the strength, ability and maturity to do well there.”
Naturally the introduction of female boxing to the Olympics and its subsequent success at the London games has provided the youngster with a timely boost and she fights in the same weight category as Irish heroine Katie Taylor - who won gold.
“The Olympics definitely gave her a lift,” said Durose.
“She had a lack of opponents last year and that caused her interest to wane a bit but the Olympics were so inspiring for her and she wants to get to them herself one day.
“What Natasha Jonas, Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor, who she looks up to, did is fantastic and hopefully it will attract more girls to the sport.
“I can’t see her growing much more so she’s in and around an elite weight category (60kg) so she’s in a good position.
“A gold medal would be another boost for her in Poland and in her first England appearance and we can’t wait to see how she performs when she’s boxing abroad.
“She turns 16 whilst she’s over there so will be fighting girls older than her but we’re full of confidence that she’ll be able to mix it with the best.”
Oxers, Highfields ABC and Hillsborough ABC formed the home corner for the show and won seven of 11 bouts.