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.”