Adam Harper has been confirmed as the mandatory challenger to Anthony Buttigieg’s Commonwealth Super-welterweight Title.
Harper was supposed to take on the Australian in October 2017 but the champion injured his knee and the fight was called off. Looking ahead to the new bout, the challenger said he is confident of victory on the night.
“I win the fight everyday of the week, and twice on a Sunday.”
‘Hurricane’ Harper heads into this fight unbeaten winning 8-0, his last fight was in May which would mean he will have been out for almost a year but he told Parklife Sport that it will not be a problem for him:
“It seems like it has been a lifetime since I last boxed, but I keep fit, I do long distance runs daily so I am always fit.”
The mind games have started with Harper having already called him out over Twitter.
Should have a date soon ⏰⏰⏰
Me vs @buterz88 is going to be a mini Gatti vs Ward type fight 👀🥊
Hope rehab is going well mate! 2018 is looming 🏆🏆🏆
— Adam Harper (@aharper1988) November 26, 2017
The Tewkesbury-born boxer admitted it has been a frustrating wait but given the magnitude of Buttigieg’s injury he understands the reasoning.
“He is coming back from knee surgery so I’m expecting a date to be set in March which is fine. The reality is he is coming back from major surgery against someone with my strength and fitness.”
Buttigieg has 13 wins without a loss in his professional career, he beat Rockey Jerkic to claim the Commonwealth middleweight title in March 2017. If he wins this delayed bout then his career could be propelled to new heights after it appeared to become stale after fighting on Sky Sports.
“A win here will kick start my career and hopefully set up some big fights and even bigger pay days.”
The fight will still take place in Australia in Melbourne as the 29-year-old just wants a “date set in stone now”.
A win here could make Harper a target for other boxers. Every boxing fan in Gloucestershire will have an eye on Australia next year as their man finally gets his big chance.