Mayer has bounced back following her defeat to Alycia Baumgardner when she lost her IBF, WBO and The Ring Magazine Super Featherweight Titles. She has two wins on the bounce, beating Lucy Wildheart for the WBC Interim Lightweight Title. Mayer then moved up to junior welterweight and secured a win over Silvia Bortot, setting up the Jonas fight at 147.
Mayer faces a tough task as she fights Jonas in her hometown. Jonas is a two-division champion, beating Kandi Wyat to get the IBF Belt at 147. Before that, she unified the 154-pound division and is on a five-fight-win streak since her loss to Katie Taylor. FIGHTSPORTS caught up with Mayer for an exclusive interview before her big fight this weekend.
Not fighting under men’s rules: “We are going to have to do more. We are never going to reap the benefits of all our hard work to get what we really deserve. That’s what were are really trying to create for the next generation.
On becoming a two-division champion: “To accomplish those things you have to have fought the best… I have a big-name [opponent] who has accomplished a lot. I get to test myself against her.
After Jonas: “Without giving away too much information, there is a contracted fighter to face the winner. I can’t say who she is yet. Ideally in 2025, I would like to be unifying.
On calling out Jonas: “I wanted to fight Katie Taylor but she was busy. She was caught up in the Amanda Serrano rematch clause and the Cameron rematch. So I was in a place [of] where do I go now for the most immediate big fight? And Top Tank called me and said we think we can make that fight with Tasha Jonas…And I said, yeah, definitely. Let’s go.
On moving up weight classes quickly: “That’s where the opportunity was. That’s what I had to do. And honestly, if it was uncomfortable for my body or we thought it’d be too much for me to move up that fast, I wouldn’t be doing it. But that’s why we had a fight at 135, then had my last fight at 142, so I was preparing for 147.
On Jonas being a danger: “Dangerous isn’t the word that comes to mind for me. I think she’s, on paper, probably the most experienced, best opponent I face with her amateur pedigree, her experience now as a pro and just her experience in general. So there’s that. I have a lot of respect for what she’s done. But dangerous, no.
On Jonas saying she is better: “I mean, she should feel that way, right? This is a big fight. There’s a lot on the line. She’s the champ, so whether she really feels that way or not, she’s got to tell herself that. Fake it till you make it.
On her strengths: “I think I do different things than her. I feel like I could do more, and I just have a different skill set than her game plan. I’ve watched her fight, she’s pretty set in her style. I don’t think she’s going to switch up and do anything that we haven’t seen before. So, I feel like my strategy is going to be better.
Going in as a slight underdog: “Honestly, that really means nothing to me. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what people think or what those odds say. All that matters is what I do when I step into that ring.
On her only loss: “It affected me mentally because afterwards, it’s no secret that I thought that I was going to get my hand raised. And even after that fight, I was still wanting to fight the best.
Fighting in Jonas’ backyard: “They’re going to be supporting Tasha. I’m 100% sure that I won’t necessarily be the fan favorite, but I know I have fans over there…This will be my fourth fight out there, so I know, again, I have all the experience I need, and I feel like [I am] getting better, so I’m just going to have to deal with whatever they throw at me.
Her biggest fight: “God, at this stage, every fight is the biggest fight of my career. That’s really how I feel, because boxing is such an unforgiving sport, and I’ve experienced what it’s like to be on top.
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