Both Scharper and Farr are no stranger to each-other's styles; after the two went to war in 2014 over 8 rounds for the then-vacant Australian Bantamweight Title. Scharper was victorious; with a points decision victory, picking up the Aussie Title in the process. Since then, both Scharper and Farr have changed several aspects of their preparation- with new trainers at the helm for both fighters.
Farr: "I've changed trainers since I first fought Sylvia. I'm now a totally different fighter from the last time I fought her- with that only being my second fight- where I fought 8 rounds. That performance wasn't my best- I wasn't ready."
Following her victory over Farr for the Australian Title, Scharper would go on to contest for the WIBA World Super Flyweight Title in 2015- against crafty Filipino Marnelle Verano (6-2-1). The fight between Scharper and Verano was deemed fight of the night- with the two girls exchanging leather for 10 brutal rounds. A decision victory would go in favour of the Filipino- leaving Scharper to recoup and reassess. Now fighting for WIBA World Bantamweight Title, Scharper had the following to say on the training camp and the lead up to such a huge fight.
Scharper: "My trainer, Darcy (Ellis) is calm and methodical and so this camp has been just that. Mixed in with the wonderful energy around having such an incredible opportunity. I am surrounded by a team of people that just burst with positivity and it is contagious. Having the chance to compete for such an esteemed title is overwhelming in the most wonderful and gut-wrenching way. Wanting something so much places you in a position of great vulnerability. The desire to perform is great. It is a wonderful position to be in and I am grateful to be here. We have ticked all the boxes in camp and everything is in place for me to perform. It is up to me now."
Scharper: "Every fight I look to evolve. This fight is the same. For the last two years, Darcy and I have worked consistently to improve all areas of my game. Darce has systematically stripped me down to lay a foundation for me to capitalise on my existing strengths and refine the areas where I needed improvement. The goal is to keep it simple, implement what we have worked on, fight my fight, and listen to my corner."
Meanwhile, Farr maintains that she is rearing to go- with an ace up her sleeve to surprise the Victorian when they step into the ring.
Farr: "I feel like now I'm ready like a pit bull on fire! Really looking forward to this one- what I'm gong to do differently is a surprise till I get in there. I let my fists do the talking. I'm a different fighter now."
With 3 years having passed since the two first clashed for the Australian title, Scharper believes that the time in-between fights; along with both fighters switching trainers will only be good for the contest to see how far the both of them have come.
Scharper: "I think she will see an improved fighter and I think I will see an improved fighter. And that is what makes a rematch after a lengthy passage of time great. It will be interesting to see how we have both progressed and how it will play out during the fight."
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All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.