Natasha Jonas is ready to wrest the WBC super-featherweight title from British rival Terri Harper on Friday.
But, even if she lands the famous green and gold belt, it still won’t top her favourite title.
That will always be, in her view, ‘Mum’.
Liverpool fighter Jonas, 36, takes on current champion and unbeaten Yorkshire ace Harper at Matchroom HQ in Essex tonight in what will be the first ever all-British female world title fight.
The bout was due to take place in April but the coronavirus pandemic put the fight on hold and turned the single mum to 4-year-old Mela into a teacher for a few weeks.
Jonas wouldn’t be the first fighter to be inspired by her child in the pursuit of glory.
But not many get the chance to have them in the gym alongside them as they prepare for a world title fight.
With Mela’s pre-school still closed, Jonas has had her daughter with her in the gym alongside trainer Joe Gallagher some days.
“She’s been coming along the gym and been second in command,” said the Liverpool fighter, who has nine wins and one defeat from 10 pro fights.
“She asked Joe who the boss is and he said, ‘Me and you’ and she was delighted.
“She will give me my water, go get a towel and help out. She has enjoyed being a part of the process.
“I’ve got a big supportive family, since the restrictions have been lifted they’ve been very good with babysitting too.
“Just for her to be a part of it has made it more special.
“Usually I drop her off at school and go the gym, but when I first brought her the gym she said ‘Where are we going Mum?’ and I said, ‘we are going to work’ then we got there and she asked where the office is.
“She thought everyone just worked in an office, as a kid would do, even though she knows I’m a boxer.
“But now she has seen it and really understands.
“Boxing is my job, but my main job is being a mum.
“The titles are the WBC, the WBO, the IBF or whatever but the best title in the world for me is ‘mum’.”
Jonas will be a part of history tonight but she doesn’t want to fall short on the big stage again.
At London 2012, the first Olympics to have female boxing, Jonas took on Irish superstar Katie Taylor in the quarter-final at a packed out ExCel Arena which registered one of the loudest roars of the whole Games.
But Taylor outpointed Jonas to leave the Brit devastated.
Jonas retired in 2015 when injuries wrecked her hopes of qualifying for Rio 2016.
She was tempted back to the sport in 2017 after the birth of her daughter and many believed she was on a revenge mission against Taylor.
But, for her, it was all about her own journey and believes winning a world title against Yorkshire ace Harper will make up for her 2012 heartache.
“The defeat to Taylor was always something that made me want to come back,” added Jonas.
“I always felt I had unfinished business.
“Winning the WBC belt and having a world title will draw a line under that.”
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