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Nina Bradley is banking on her fighting spirit head of her WBC International Female Lightweight title fight with Terri Harper

By Connor Thompson

Nina ‘Boom Boom’ Bradley says she is ready for war ahead of her WBC International Female Lightweight title fight.

Tomorrow night, Bradley, of Newark, faces orthodox fighter Terri Harper, of Yorkshire, who has won all five of her professional bouts ­— two of which were by technical knockout.

The Newark fighter is the current Commonwealth Female Super Lightweight title holder, and has moved down a weight category ahead of the bout, something Bradley’s trainer and promoter Carl Greaves has advocated.

Nina Bradley. (7206176)
Nina Bradley. (7206176)

“Nina’s unbeaten in her seven fights and we have looked at the situation and decided she needs to go down to lightweight if we want to get the best out of her,” said Greaves.

“I don’t think she’s big enough to be competing against the best at her old weight and we both think her new weight suits her much more.”

Bradley is training full time ahead of the fight at the Metrodome in Barnsley, and she believes the additional free time will give her the upper hand on Harper.

“It’s been great for me,” said Bradley. “I’m getting the rest and sleep I need for my body. It’s a great advantage.”

Nina Bradley. (7206177)
Nina Bradley. (7206177)

A talking point ahead of the fight is the style clash and Greaves has dismissed pundits who believe Harper’s stand-up style gives her an advantage over the Newark fighter.

“They say if you’ve got the skills you will always out box a fighter, but that won’t be the case,” said Greaves.

“Nina will be on top of her, and I think she will get to her late on, or if not, she will win on points.”

Bradley, who is entering the final week of the eight week camp, is also confident.

Nina Bradley. (7206179)
Nina Bradley. (7206179)

She said: “I’ve never been a technical fighter, not even in the amateurs. I’m a come-forward fighter that just gets on with it.

“She knows that I’ll want to apply for pressure, and she could be working on that, so on the night it could be different to what our expectations are and, if that’s the case, then it’s going to be a war.

“If she wants to have a war, we’ll have a war, if she wants to box, we’ll box, if she wants to have a little dance around the ring, then I’m ready for it all, whatever it takes.

“I know I’m going in against the best opponent I’ve ever faced, but listen, I’m 100% confident.

“The belt is coming home with me.”

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