Mikaela Mayer Discusses Title Fight With Alycia Baumgardner
The unbeaten IBF/WBO junior lightweight champ Mikaela Mayer seems to be making headlines after every move not just inside but also outside the ring.
As reported by BoxingScene.com, the Mayer-Baumgardner fight was named as the co-feature to the Claressa Shields-Savannah Marshall undisputed middleweight championship. Both fights will take place at the O2 Arena in London on September 10.
“This is the type of vision I had for the sport. But I never envisioned getting to do something this awesome and this unique,” Mayer told the Zoom Conference.
“When they first brought this to my attention… contrary to what people might think, people thought that I might not want it, or that me versus Baumgardner is main event worthy. I said yes, yes, yes. Absolutely, we have to make it happen. This is a one-stop shop for the fans and that’s what this is all about. That’s what I’m about. I’m about giving the fans the fights they want to see.
“That’s one of the reasons I pushed so hard to get me and Baumgardner done for this year. She didn’t want to get it done this year. She wanted me to wait. She told me over and over again. She told the press, ‘Mikaela’s going to have to wait.’ That’s not what women’s boxing needs. Kudos to Top Rank for giving her the offer she couldn’t say no to. So, here we are.”
Meyer has spent her entire career has stateside, so she understands fans who were looking forward to the Baumgardner being in the states as well.
However, seven physical titles will be on the line alongside the two lineal championships in the blockbuster double headers, which Mayer considers much more important than the hosting city.