Alycia Baumgardner Knocks Out Terri Harper
To Win WBC/IBO Junior Lightweight Title
Alycia Baumgardner became the WBC/IBO Junior Lightweight
world champion with a crushing fourth round stoppage over
reigning and previously undefeated champion Terri Harper at
The Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.
Baumgardner, who came in as a big underdog at more than 7 to
1, hurt Harper in round two with some hard right hands.
In round four, Baumgardner landed a big right hand that
stunned and froze Harper. Harper was basically motionless on
her feet. Baumgardner jumped in and landed one more powerful
left hook just as referee Mark Lyson was stopping the fight
just 23 seconds into the round.
Baumgardner, of Bingham Farms, Michigan via Fremont, Ohio,
who is promoted by King's Promotions, becomes a world
champion with a record of 11-1 with seven knockouts.
"The ones that overlooked me, fueled me. People got to see a
tad of who Alycia is. Since everyone was booing me, I
embraced it and it pumped me up even more. When I landed the
punch, I felt all my power hit her right on the chin. When I
saw her hurt, I knew just to finish her right now. I thought
immediately that I did it, and I am a world champion. I want
to unify the division, and I am going to be the undisputed
champion," said Baumgardner.
"I am so proud of Alycia. She showed what a true champion is
all about. She came into enemy territory, and came in here
and knocked the champion out. Alycia is a special fighter
and to win the championship in the fashion that she did was
just awesome to witness. There are many major opportunities
ahead for her, and when the time is right, we will sit down
with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing and look at those
options. She deserves time to celebrate this amazing
accomplishment," said Marshall Kauffman, CEO of King's
"Alycia did what I always believed she would do when we
signed her three years ago. I knew Alycia would win a world
title and it came to fruition. All she needed was one
opportunity, and look what happened. I feel that in a very
short time, Alycia will be one of, if not the face of
women's boxing," said Andrew Foy of King's Promotions.