The fact Natasha Jonas [9(7)-1(1)-1] believes increase the possibilty she can achieve come May 1 warns Eddie Hearn.
The Liverpool native challenges Katie Taylor [17(6)-0] for all four of her lightweight world titles on a Sky Sports broadcast PPV card on the first day of next month and will prove a tough test for the Irish sensation according to the Matchroom boss.
Hearn, who promotes both, has sensed a real self-belief from Team Jonas, which includes the always vocal trainer with Sligo heritage Joe Gallagher, and he suggests a confident Jonas has the potential to ask the trailblazing fight legend some tough questions.
“Natahsa Jonas has got that belief again now after the performance against Teri Harper,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“You watch her in the gym with Joe Gallagher and they believe they can beat Katie Taylor. She is punching very hard, she is full of confidence, she is fitter than ever and this is a tough tough fight for Katie Taylor. Time and time again she has to come out with the pressure on her shoulders and perform and this is right up there with the toughest test of her career so far. Loads on the line in this one.”
It is a big turn around considering Hearn at one point felt it wasn’t a fight he could sell to fans. When Jonas was stopped by Viviane Obenauf back in 2018 a massive Olympic rematch didn’t look viable. However, the former Team GB standout has rebuilt under Gallagher, was unlucky not to pick up a world title after an impressive performance against Terri Harper and has become the natural next big name opponent for history making and chasing Taylor.
“When we signed both fighters the plan was to build the rematch in the professional game. It was pretty straightforward. Natasha then took a shock defeat to OB and everyone felt a bit deflated. She has come on leaps and bounds since. She had a fantastic fight with Terry Harper and it was the natural fight to make.”
Hearn may point to the improved form of Jonas and the increased confidence as reasons Taylor should be wary but the Irish star always trusts her ability – and as the promoter points out won’t go into the fight worried.
“Katie Taylor has never turned down an opponent. Sometimes you get a situation in British, Irish domestic fights where people turn them down, Katie is like ‘that’s a great fight. It’s a great fight women’s boxing and a great fight for the fans’ let’s do it.”