Walsall boxer Rachel Ball is in confident mood as she heads to Norway this weekend writes Ben Gibson.
Ball (4-0) steps up to lightweight and puts her unbeaten record on the line against former European and WBC International Champion Katharina Thanderz (10-0, 2 KOs) on March 2 in Arendal.
“My last training session was on Wednesday night and it was just a light session as I rest for Saturday,” she told bcb-promotions.com. “I always train hard and most days I train twice per day.
“We have done more sparring and more strength work in order to prepare for stepping up in weight and it has worked.
“I am still strong at this weight and I can hold my own against welterweights.
“I have increased my strength work for this fight.
“We don’t want to fight lightweight all the time but this was too good of an opportunity to turn down.
“I am confident even with the step up in weight.”
Ball, a former three-time world kickboxing champion is promising another ‘war’ as she travels the North Sea to take on the undefeated Thanderz. Travelling abroad is not a new experience for the 27 year-old and it is one she is relishing.
“I have fought abroad before I turned pro and I have always won,” she added. “I know that the odds are not in my favour as the away fighter but I always perform in the ring and I am prepared to give everything to make sure I get the win.
“It definitely comes with added pressure and it is my biggest fight to date regardless of it being home and away.
“Being away from home I need to give the judges no reason to give to rounds to Thanderz because she’s the home fighter.
“Fighting away can be less stressful as you don’t need to worry about ticket sales or getting tickets to people.
“It has been nice to just focus on my training and diet and diet for this camp.
“I will miss my rowdy crowd as I have a lot of love for the people who support me.
“The girls who I train and came out with me last time are always in my heart and while they aren’t joining me we are a family and they will be watching online if they can.”
“If I give it my all and listen to my corner, then everything will be fine.”
Rachel Ball (4-0) is relishing the opportunity to put her unbeaten record on the line against former European and WBC International Champion Katharina Thanderz (10-0, 2 KOs) as they provide chief support for Kai Robin Havnaa’s IBO International title fight with Rad Rashid on March 2 in Arendal.
Ball is a former three-time world kickboxing champion, who having switched disciplines is undefeated in her four professional contests. Her last bout, a bloody battle with Eftychia Kathopouli, was named ‘Fight Of Year’ by the British Boxing Board of Control Midlands Area, and the 27 year-old is promising another ‘war’ as she travels the North Sea to take on the undefeated Thanderz.
“I’m coming to Norway to win and that’s the only outcome I envision in my mind. If I thought any differently, I wouldn’t bother stepping in the ring,” says Ball. “I don’t make predictions on points, stoppages or TKOs, but what I do predict is an excellent showcase for women’s boxing, a brilliant fight, and a war too!
“I might look friendly but put me in a ring and I’m a different person. I’m an exciting fighter. There’s no other fighter out there who looks like me. I stand out in appearance and in the way I fight. This will be a fight you don’t want to miss!
“Thanderz has a good record. She’s fought for two titles, so she’s experienced in fighting over longer rounds. I’ve watched her fights. She’s a tough girl, and it’s going to be a great fight for women’s boxing and for the fans. Everyone at home is excited for me to fight someone as credible as Thanderz. This as a big opportunity for my career, and I’m excited to fight her.”
Having claimed multiple World titles as a kickboxer, Balls hopes to emulate this success as boxer, drawing on her past experience to fight her way to the top.
“For me, boxing was natural progression from my kickboxing career,” she says. “There wasn’t anything left for me to achieve in the sport, and I wanted a new challenge. I had two K1 fights after I won my last world title, I enjoyed it, but the plan was to go in to boxing, and the time was right when I turned pro in 2017.
“I maintain that kickboxers are tough, getting punched in the face is one thing but getting kicked in the face is another. It’s great being a multiple world champion. I’ve had a lot of title fights and gone a lot of rounds, which is great experience to bring into my boxing career, but with that said, I’m a completely different now from my kickboxing days, and from the fights I’ve had since.”
Kai Robin Havnaa tops the bill at the SØR Amfi in Arendal with a historic IBO International Cruiserweight title fight against Rad ‘Thunder’ Rashid.
Katharina Thanderz provides chief support with a super featherweight contest against Rachel Ball, Hadi Srour is back in the professional ring to meet Zoltan Szabo, and Kristiansand’s Jamshid Nazari takes on Ivica Gogosevic.
Walsall’s Rachel Ball travel to Norway in March to take on former EBU and WBC International Champion Katharina Thanderz (10-0, 2 KOs).
Aldridge’s Ball (4-0) put her undefeated record on the line over eight rounds at the SØR Amfi in Arendal on Saturday, 2nd March.
Thanderz was scheduled to defend her European Super Featherweight title against Elhem Mekhaled in December but suffered a herniated cervical disc in sparring, forcing her to withdraw from the contest and vacate her title.
“It’s a big step up for me but it’s the kind of fight I want and need,” Ball told bcb-promotions.com. “Katharina is an excellenet fighter who has competed at the highest level and that’s what I want to test myself against.
“She’s coming back from injury so this may be the perfect time for me to catch her and take away that unbeaten record. This is my time to shine.”
Thanderz has now fully recovered from injury and, whilst respectful of Ball, is confident of kick-starting her career with victory.
“I think Rachel Ball seems like a tough fighter, and I am sure she will come well prepared to face me,” she explained to sauerlandpromotions.com. “She is also unbeaten at the moment, so I expect she will be hungry for victory. Nevertheless, I will be more prepared than ever, and I’m looking forward to ending the fight with 11-0 as my new record.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting in Arendal on March 2. It has been several months since I was last in the ring, and I feel a huge motivation to be back again. The fact that I will be boxing in the country I was born makes it even more exciting,” says Thanderz, who currently resides Alicante, Spain.
“I was injured during a sparring session when preparing to defend my EBU title, and it was quite complicated for a while. I had to stop training completely and I was unable to spar, but I’m completely healed now. I started sparring again two weeks ago, and I feel absolutely great.
“I will be training in Spain for this fight, doing my boxing training at the Vista Gym in La Nucia with my boxing coach Jesus Labradador, and my physical exercises with Christian Marcet at Odin Athletes. We plan on bringing over two sparring partners to ensure I am one hundred percent ready for the fight. One of them is Nina Bradley from the UK, who I have trained with before.”
The fight is chief support to Kai Robin Havnaa’s cruiserweight showdown with Rad ‘Thunder’ Rashi. The card also features Hadi Srour against Zoltan Szabo in a six-round super lightweight contest and middleweight Anders Eggan against Frane Radnic over six-rounds. Tickets are available via http://www.ticketmaster.no or by calling (+47) 22 82 81 97.