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Laura Saperstein vs. Lana Cooper
Photos and Story by
John E.G.Wilson
March 25, 2010


(MAR 25)  Well what can I say! This ladies super featherweight six round bout was the biggest sensation of the night, but NOT in the way intended!

The fifth bout,  on an action-packed eight fight bill, it ended in high drama!

Miranda Carter of LEFT JAB, the Queen of British Professional Boxing deserves praise for her staging this card at England’s famous York Hall, Bethnal Green on Sunday afternoon 21st March.

LAURA SAPERSTEIN (38) was making her return to the British professional ring after a year’s absence recovering from an injury suffered in rugby training.

Weighing in at 135 ½ pounds she looked as sharp as ever in a white sports bra and miniskirt decorated with 2 red/black motifs.

Born in Australia, Laura now lives in England. She is a former $150,000 a year mergers and acquisitions lawyer with the leading London solicitors, Freshfields. She gave this up because of her love for boxing and now has a business in ladies sportswear, of which her outfit was an example. Before this fight she had a professional record of 7 wins and no losses. Her amateur record was even better with 10 wins and no losses, and in 2005 she was the England Womens’ Amateur Boxing Association Lightweight Champion.

Her opponent was plucky young Welsh super featherweight LANA COOPER (23) a bakery worker from Cardiff. A stocky blond, Lana is a relative newcomer to professional boxing having had her first fight on 17th October 2008. Usually fighting much more experienced opponents she has lost all her 5 previous fights narrowly on points.

At the weigh in she was 137 ½ pounds.

First into the ring’s Red Corner, almost unnoticed, she was clad in a black sports bra with black shorts with pale mauve stripes.

Saperstein’s entranced a few minutes later to the cheers of her supporters.

Round 1

Saperstein quickly took the initiative with her aggressive two handed attacks. Cooper tends to be a defensive fighter with her gloves held high ; like a wall in front of her face. She persisted in this, although she managed a few return blows. but was soon driven back against the ropes. In this fast moving action it was clear that Saperstein was in command.

Round 2

With in a few seconds of the start of the round – after a short attack by Saperstein and the beginning of a repost from her opponent - Cooper gave a howl of anguish and dramatically collapsed to the canvas clutching her left arm to her body. She lay on her back ; obviously in great pain. The fight stopped immediately. A doctor and paramedics jumped into the ring and Saperstein – looking bewildered went to wait in a neutral corner. First Aid and oxygen was administered to Cooper for a long time, until a stretcher was brought into the ring and she was evacuated to hospital.

Saperstein was declared the winner on a T.K.O.

Looking at telephoto pictures taken of Cooper before and after her collapse it appears that she suffered serious injury to the upper radial bone in her left shoulder which could clearly be seen protruding in her skin.

Saperstein now advances to 8 wins

Speaking to your correspondent shortly after the fight she did not believe that an intended blow from her had caused the injury and expressed her condolences for Cooper . She was very disappointed that the fight had not run its course as this was the first time that she was due to fight 6 rounds. Her ambition is to win a British Boxing Board of Control Womens’ title and she is now anxious to get another fight quickly to build up her experience .


Monday 22nd March 2010 23.30 hrs G.M.T.

Cooper’s trainer told your correspondent that his girl had been x-rayed, given cortisone injections and the bone put back into place at the joint with the clavicle. She had her arm in a sling and was very sore, but still determined to return to the ring as soon as she is fit. They think the damage had been caused by a freak blow to the elbow. Laura Saperstein had phoned today to wish Cooper well.

John E.G.Wilson. “N.U.J. Words = 708
Copyright John E.G.Wilson.

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