Alycia Baumgardner: “I’d beat Katie Taylor. That’s all.”
In boxing, there is an old saying: Everybody wants a shot at the champ! That statement is true, especially with the emergence of social media. Calling out the champion is the fastest way to get the buzz going. Prospect Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner (9-1, 6ko) is apparently not stranger to this information.
Winning the belt is one thing, holding onto it is even harder, and being undisputed gets the water boiling underneath your feet. That is the situation undisputed lightweight female champion Katie “KT” Taylor (16-0, 6ko) is learning after going through a boxing gauntlet of tough opponents, and where her name crosses with Baumgardner.
The undisputed champion was victorious in a rematch with former WBC champion Delfine Persoon (44-3, 18ko). After their first fight ended in controversy, many felt the Belgium female champion should have had her hand raised.
A rematch was only logical, especially when seven-divisional female champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (38-1-1, 28ko) pulled out of the mega-fight over not wanting to take a pay cut.
Taylor left no doubt in the rematch that she is the division’s supreme champion. She made the necessary adjustments in the rematch, using pure boxing skills that ultimately carried her to a unanimous decision victory.
NEW CHALLENGES ON THE HORIZON
However, the undisputed champ can’t take too long of a break to enjoy the spoils. There is the matter of a possible rematch with newly-crowned undisputed welterweight champion Jessica “CasKILLA” McCaskill (9-2, 3ko). McCaskill dethroned the Queen, Cecilia Braekhus (36-1, 9ko), on August 15.
It is well known that promoter Eddie Hearn was setting things up for a massive bout featuring the two undisputed fighters. However, those honors could go to McCaskill, providing the former undisputed champion opts out doing a rematch.
Wait, not so fast! It seems a new challenger is throwing her name in the mix. “The Bomb” Baumgardner is looking to shake things up and made a splash with a tweet on social media.
Of course, fans didn’t take too kindly to the tweet. Yet, like a true fighter, the Ohio native doubled down, standing her ground.
Again showing a fighters spirit, she made it clear she doesn’t care if others doubt her.
Boxing is a sport of never-ending challenges, and “The Bomb” is looking to blow up on the scene.
By: Garrisson Bland