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Sandy Ryan v Terri Harper - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Sandy Ryan and Terri Harper as the pair get set to contest an intriguing WBO welterweight title showdown on Saturday 23rd March.

Sandy Ryan v Terri Harper

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Unlike their male counterparts, the best female fighters in the world regularly fight one another.

On Saturday 23rd March, fight fans will be treated to another cracking battle as, two-weight world champion, Terri Harper challenges, WBO welterweight ruler, Sandy Ryan.

Both women enter the fight on the back of contentious draws and will have a point to prove, but who will prevail?

It’s time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'.
 

Sandy Ryan v Terri Harper
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

 

Sandy Ryan

Terri Harper

Odds:

4/9

7/4

Age:

30

27

Nickname:    

N/A

'Belter'

Height:

5ft 8.5ins

5ft 8.5ins

Reach:

67ins

65ins

Weight:

Welterweight

Welterweight

Trainer:

Clifton Mitchell

Andrew 'Stefy' Bull

Record:

6-1-1 (2 KOs)

14-1-2 (6 KOs)

Last Fight:

Draw - (SD) v Jessica McCaskill (September 2023)

Draw - (MD) v Cecilia Braekhus (October 2023)


Sandy Ryan
In Profile

In the recent years, it has not been uncommon for amateur standouts to be progressed quickly upon entering the professional ranks. However, few fighters, male or female, have been matched as aggressively as Sandy Ryan.

The Derby boxer, who had claimed gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Silver at 2014 World Championships, had been expected to be one of the best medal hopes for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics, but she opted to join the paid ranks instead.

On her professional debut she defeated, future European champion, Kristie Bavington.

In just her fourth fight, Ryan took on, former two-weight world champion, Erica Annabella Farias, over 10 rounds. Ultimately, it was a case of too much, too soon.

The Englishwoman neglected her jab and stood toe-to-toe with the veteran which played into the hands of the Argentinian. At the end of a hard-fought bout, two of the three judges believed Farias had done enough.

In an immediate rematch, Ryan made the necessary adjustments, boxing behind her jab and keeping her shorter foe at bay. The tactical shift resulted in a comfortable victory for the Midlands boxer.

For her seventh bout, Ryan received a crack at the vacant WBO welterweight strap, against Marie Pier Houle. The 30-year-old captured her first world title with a comprehensive decision win.

In Ryan’s next contest, she faced, WBA and WBC champion, Jessica McCaskill. The American had previously been undisputed, but had opted to vacate two of her belts. ‘Caskilla’ represented a massive step up in class for the Englishwoman, but she appeared to handle the occasion with aplomb. Most observes believed Ryan had done enough, but she was forced to settle for a draw.

Against Harper, Ryan will face another stern test, but it is also an opportunity for the Derby fighter to prove she is the best welterweight on the planet.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Jab

Can stay in range too long

Body shots

Lack of head movement

Combination punching

Gets dragged into wars

Applies pressure well

Occasionally neglects her jab


Terri Harper
In Profile

Terri Harper’s rise from working in her local chip shop to becoming a two-weight world champion is one of the feel-good stories of the sport in recent times.

Having been a talented amateur as a child, she turned her back on sport in her late teens. However, as Katie Taylor raised the profile of women’s boxing, Stefy Bull persuaded her to return to the gym.

A little over two years after turning professional, ‘Belter’ captured the WBC super-featherweight strap, live on Sky Sports.

Harper was then presented with the opportunity to face her childhood idol, Natasha Jonas, at Fight Camp. The bout was a cracker as both women traded hard shots for 20 minutes. In the end, the judges were unable to split them.

The Denaby native’s reign came to a crashing halt when Alycia Baumgardner halted her in the fourth round of her third defence.

However, that was not the end for the 27-year-old, as she jumped up four weight classes to defeat Hannah Rakin, to claim the WBA super-lightweight belt.

Last year, Harper attempted to add the vacant WBO version to her collection as she faced, former undisputed welterweight champion, Cecilia Braekhus.

‘The First Lady’ is widely regarded as one of the greatest female fighters of all time and the 42-year-old demonstrated her class by pushing a foe, 15 years her junior, to the limit. As was the case against Jonas, the fight ended in a draw.

Back down in weight, Harper should be better suited to the 147lbs division, but for the first time in her career, finds herself entering a fight as the underdog. If ‘Belter’ is to upset the odds, she will need to be at her very best.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Varies her punches

Less effective when fighting on the inside

Left hook

Moves back in straight lines

Hooks to the body

Stays in range too long

Combination punching

Head falls over front foot

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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