Laura slams her way to vic­tory

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

LAURA Saper­stein started her pro­fes­sional ca­reer in style af­ter de­stroy­ing her Bul­gar­ian op­po­nent at Toot­ing Leisure Cen­tre on Sun­day.

Af­ter claim­ing a 39-37 points vic­tory over Boris Lava Goronova, in a fight fea­tur­ing four two minute rounds, the Tot­ten­ham fighter ad­mit­ted there was room for im­prove­ment.

“I was slightly dis­ap­pointed with my per­for­mance,” she said. “But it is a new ex­pe­ri­ence and it is a re­ally dif­fer­ent and dif­fi­cult step up from ama­teur to pro­fes­sional. You re­ally do feel that ex­tra round.”

The for­mer City lawyer made her in­ten­tions clear from the first bell, land­ing some vi­cious blows and ac­cu­rate jabs, forc­ing her op­po­nent on to the ropes on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

With the bit be­tween her teeth, she had to be re­strained by the ref­eree to­wards the end of the first round as her ag­gres­sion spilled over. The 36-yearold con­tin­ued her at­tack in round two be­fore tired­ness started to set in. She said: “The first round went well for me as I thought she was go­ing to at­tack more. I was aware of the crowd through­out but knew I had to stay ag­gres­sive to keep them en­ter­tained.”

Prais­ing her op­po­nent, who has 23 fights un­der her belt, Saper­stein com­mented: “She was very tough. I hit her with some re­ally hard shots and it some­times felt like a big bag of ce­ment I had to move out of the way.” Vic­tory was con­firmed in the fi­nal round as the score­card showed that Saper­stein, who raised her hand to salute the crowd, had won three out of four rounds and drawn the other.

Two days af­ter the fight, she had the hon­our of be­ing men­tioned at the An­nual Box­ing Awards where she rubbed shoul­ders with the likes of Ricky Hat­ton and Joe Calza­ghe. She was not for­tu­nate enough to win the best boxer award just yet, that ac­co­lade went to Hat­ton.

Saper­stein ad­mit­ted that, de­spite all the in­ter­est she was re­ceiv­ing from tele­vi­sion and ra­dio, she was not on cloud nine and just con­sid­ered her first fight as “job done” and “on to the next step”. she said: “It is ex­cit­ing to be in­volved in an era where Bri­tish box­ing is com­ing out of a dark pe­riod.”

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