English professional boxer Terri “Belter” Harper (11-0-1, 6 KOs) earns The Scrap’s award for Female Fighter of the Year. The 24-year-old has held the IBO female super-featherweight title since 2019 and picked up the WBC female super-featherweight title in February. She fought three times in 2020 during the pandemic capturing two wins and a split draw.
On February 8, “Belter” earned a unanimous decision win against Eva Wahlström (23-2-2, 2 KOs) at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, England. Harper dropped Wahlström in the seventh round with a left-right combination. With this win, she became the second British female boxer in history to capture a major world title.
While the world was on lock down during the COVID pandemic, Harper was busy defending her new title. In August she took on former Olympian Natasha Jonas (9-1-1, 7 KOs) in the main event of Matchroom Boxing’s second Fight Camp event at their Mascalls HQ in Brentwood, Essex. The women fought to an exciting 10-round split draw with Harper retaining her title.
Finally in November Harper defended her WBC super-featherweight title against Norweigian boxer Katharina Thanderz (13,1, 2KOs). She beat Thanderz by TKO in round 9 at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
Harper was one of the most active women fighters in 2020. She faced tough competition and was successful in earning and defending a world title amid a pandemic. The Scrap is proud to name her as its Female Fighter of the Year, and its first boxer to win an award.
Honorable Mentions: Zhang Weili, Katie Taylor and Valentina Shevchenko.