FIGHTSPORTS Exclusive Interview With Natasha Jonas Ahead Of Her Clash With Mikaela Mayer

Natasha Jonas defends her IBF welterweight title against ex-super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer from the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday.

Jonas is on a five-fight-win streak. She defeated Chris Namus to secure the WBO super welterweight title. That was followed by wins against Patricia Berghult and Marie-Eve Dicaire for the WBC and IBF belts, respectively, to unify the division. She then moved up to 147 to fight Kandi Wyatt, beating her to become the IBF welterweight champion. Having become a two-division champion, the focus is now on Mayer.

Mayer beat Ewa Brodnicka to get the WBO super featherweight title in 2020. That was followed by a victory over Maiva Hamadouche for the IBF and Ring Magazine belts. Mayer would lose those belts to Alycia Baumgardner, but she has won her last two bouts, as she sets her sights on taking a belt at 147. FIGHTSPORTS caught up exclusively with Jonas ahead of her fight.

Jonas

On winning the IBF welterweight title: “It felt just as good as any other world title, I think. You put yourself through boot camp and you want the perfect outcome, and that was the perfect outcome. And to get the stoppage as well, was just the icing on the cake. 

Ahead of the Mayer fight: “I feel good. I’m in a good place. We had a good camp, especially considering it’s the end of the year. 

On a home crowd: “I do want to perform well in front of my fans and in front of my home crowd, but I want to perform well every time I box, so there is no real difference. 

On not fighting under men’s rules: “[I’m not disappointed]. When I signed for the fight there was no other discussion other than ten two-minute rounds.

Biggest fight of her career: “I look to boxers like Chantelle Cameron, Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano, and I look at that top ten pound-for-pound list and they’ve beaten people in that list. And for me to be able to say I’m one of the greats of my time, I need to be beating people on that list and Mayer is on that list. 

On the pressure: “I don’t feel any extra pressure. I always want to box well and perform well. Mayer is a big name, and I think she’s a great fighter. But I approach the fight in the same way I do with any other fighter.

Mayer’s best attributes: “She’s well skilled, she’s got a good IQ, good hands, good feet, and yeah, she mixes it up well. She can fight, she can box, but I just think, everything that she does, I do better. That’s plain and simple. 

On being the favorite: “I think when you get them elite fighters fighting each other, no one ever knows how it’s going to go. 

On retaining her title: It’s huge. I think to headline in your own city in front of your own fans is huge for not only the sport but for me as a person. Another thing ticked off the list of things I’ve done and things I’ve achieved. 

On the future: “I don’t look at what’s next because so many times in boxing you’ve got a million doors open. You don’t get the result you want and every single door closed. So I don’t look past [this].

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