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Terri Harper vows to take Sandy Ryan into 'deep waters' as she targets a world title at a third weight-class.

3/1 outsider Terri Harper is confident of becoming a three-weight world champion against Sandy Ryan on Saturday night and in the process cement her status as one of British boxing's all-time greats.

Sandy Ryan v Terri Harper

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The 27-year-old from Denaby Main returns to the arena where she won her first world title back in 2020 to take on Derby's reigning WBO welterweight title holder, and odds-on 1/4 favourite, Ryan in a huge domestic dust-up.

'Belter', who currently holds the WBA super-welterweight title, is aiming to return to winning ways in front of her home crowd after a frustrating draw with modern great Cecilia Braekhus on the massive Leigh Wood v Josh Warrington card last October.

"I’ve got a chance to become a three-weight world champion and what better place to do that than in front of my home crowd?" said Harper, who is 3/1 to win Saturday's showdown.

"They were there when I became world champion against Eva Wahlstrom and hopefully they’ll be there when I become a three weight world champion against Sandy Ryan.

“This is the fight that I’ve wanted for years - it’s a big domestic fight and I’m just keeping that in the back of my head. I’m an experienced championship fighter now and I can only use it to my advantage. Win this fight and it opens up many doors and really sets me up there with the elite.

“This is a must-win fight for us both," she added. "I feel like it’s come at the point in both of our careers where it’ll open up those doors and lead to mega fights."

Ryan returns to action with her new training team for the first time this weekend after parting ways with long-term trainer Clifton Mitchell following her draw against Jessica McCaskill last year, and Harper believes she couldn't be tackling the former Team GB standout at a better time.

“If I were to choose a time to fight Sandy it would be now," she said. "Obviously she’s had the split with Clifton and she’s gone over to Vegas and got a new team around her.

"I feel like this is the first fight with that team so I know how I’d feel if I was getting in the ring with a new team and not Andrew (Bullcroft). Like I said, I feel this is the perfect time and opportunity to fight Sandy.

“Sandy moving over to the United States obviously shows dedication to the sport. I feel like she’s coming away from all of the distractions over here and going out there and focusing on her training. It’s a commitment. I take my hat off to her to be going out there and really putting everything on the line for this fight.

“If the fight goes that way it’s going to be an exciting fight for the fans. I know I’m going to take Sandy into deep waters, I’m going to make her ask a lot of questions.

"If the best version of myself turns up on the night then I beat Sandy comfortably and I see my hand being raised; And The New."

Ryan v Harper features on the undercard of British & Commonwealth super-lightweight champion Dalton Smith's bout against Jose Zepeda this weekend.

Sandy Ryan v Terri Harper

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