If we go back between four and five years ago, the recent accomplishments of IBF, WBC and WBO Super Welterweight World Champion Natasha Jonas (13-2-1) would have seemed unthinkable. Jonas suffered a devastating fourth round knockout defeat at the hands of Viviane Obenauf in 2018.
A very public fallout with promoter Eddie Hearn followed with the former Olympian's career looking bleak. However, Jonas has rallied tremendously to find herself as unified World champion and recently became the first ever woman to win the BBBoC Boxer of The Year Award.
“Listen! Natasha Jonas has been brilliant!” Stated Joe Gallagher in an exclusive interview for PROBOX TV NEWS
“She had a speed-bump in the middle of her career. She got off to a good start, then had a terrible loss to Obenauf, she regrouped then came in as the away fighter against Terri Harper in a world title fight. She definitely won that, but didn’t get the decision. Then when everyone thought that Katie Taylor was going to gobble her up, the scorecards read 96-95, she pushed Katie Taylor really close.
"To also be recognised by your peers and to become the first woman to win the British Boxing Board’s fighter of the year award is phenomenal. She should be very proud of herself. I was saying to the others (in the gym) what a difference a year makes. I said to her she needs enjoy the success while we work on lining up a big 2023 for her.”
The Obenauf defeat in Cardiff now a distant memory for team Jonas, Gallagher reflected with:
“The strange thing after the Obenauf defeat was nobody even came a seen her in the changing rooms afterwards. She was due to stay down in Cardiff that night, I said ‘No you’re not’ and we drove back. It was a tough journey back having a grown woman crying with her career in tatters. But from there we put in the building blocks, obviously the relationship broke down with Matchroom and Eddie Hearn. But that’s Natasha’s story to tell, I’m sure one day she will tell it.”