SWINDON’S Bec ‘Lady Luck’ Connolly says she put in her best performance to date despite suffering defeat to Terri Harper.

The 34-year-old now has a professional of one victory and three defeats after she was knocked out in the third round in Barnsley.

A heavy right hook at the end of the second round had the Swindon fighter on the back foot and going into the third, she was unable to recover as Harper clinched her fourth professional win.

“Obviously I always fight to win, but we knew the calibre of the girl we were going in with,” she said.

“It was very much a test fight. She is a three-time national champion, two-time European champion, undefeated professional and she’d never lost a round.

“That’s not to say I didn’t go all out to win. I am really chuffed with the performance, it was the best that I have ever boxed so that is a step up for me.

“It was a great right-hook that did the damage at the end of the second round and I couldn’t recover from it.

“I went into the fight because I wanted some experience and there was no show on the horizon so when we got offered it, we took it.”

Soon after, Connolly was named on the undercard of a show in Swindon for Saturday, December, 8 a the MECA featuring Ryan Martin, Harry Webb and several other fighters who train at Paddy Fitzpatrick’s Ferndale Road Gym.

The show, which is being promoted jointly by Neilson Boxing and Trifecta will hopefully be a good omen for Connolly as she is yet to lose there.

“I am so happy to be at home because it takes the stress away,” she added.

“Selling the tickets is a huge part of boxing and last time we had a change of opponent, so I had to make £1000 extra as well as lose a few kilograms.

“This is in Swindon so when I’m asking people about tickets, they are already here and they don’t have to plan a whole trek or anything so it is a bit easier.

“The MECA is where is all started in the first place way back when.

“I think this will be my fifth time fighting there and I have always had wins.

“It is a chance for people to have a look at all of us really because we train together day in day out.

“It is a shame when we aren’t able to secure the local shows as much as we’d like.

“We had a show in March cancelled because of snow.

“I actually have loads of people who still have their tickets from that last home show, waiting for the next one so they’ll be coming in December instead.

“It is great to be out. It has been over a year since we have been at home.

“Harry (Webb) has come on so much as a fighter in the last year and Ryan (Martin) is training hard as he always does so it is exciting.”