Laura slams her way to victory
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.”
Packing a punch: Saperstein did not hold back on her way to victory over Boris Lava Goronova