Alycia Baumgardner Pushing for Hometown Bout Against Hyun-Mi Choi
Unified junior lightweight champion Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner (13-1, 7KO) sits as the top dog in the division after winning the biggest fight of her career. Furthermore, she is determined to fight WBA champion Hyun-Mi Choi (20-0-1, 5KO) for the undisputed crown. If she gets her way, the prizefight will be staged in her hometown of Detroi.
The Bomb silenced all critics by defeating rival and former unified champion Mikaela Mayer on October 15. To the surprise of many inside the boxing community, she out-boxed Mayer in the early portion of the fight. When it was all said and done, she walked away with some extra jewelry.
“That girl ain’t getting no rematch. I’m going after Choi (Hyun-Mi) like I said. Undisputed is what I claim. It’s what I am going to do.”
BAUMGARDNER FOCUSED ON UNDISPUTED
In an interview on The Last Stand Podcast, the unified champion doubled down on choosing undisputed over a Mayer rematch.
“No. I want the undisputed fight at 130 pounds against Choi. That’s what I want, I put my mind to it. I am this close to making that happen. I beat the quote-unquote best girl in the division, got her out of the way, and now it’s time to fight Choi.”
“We need that for women’s boxing.”
THE CHAMPION WANTS TO FIGHT IN DETROIT
Baumgardner tried to fight Choi prior to fighting Mayer. Their fight never materialized as neither team was able to reach an agreement. The unified champion explained the biggest challenge is making the fight.
“I would say the biggest challenge would be making sure the fight happens. We want this fight at undisputed at 130 [..] this is just another stamp for women’s boxing, to make sure that fight happens.”
If the fight is to take place, the unified champion wants to headline the fight in her hometown of Detroit.
“I told Eddie Hearn I want to fight in Detroit […] I’m ready to sell these tickets and show them I’m a ticket seller. We can have the fight here in Detroit! bring boxing back to Detroit and again, headline my card.”
The unified champion is ready and has big plans heading into 2023.
By: Garrisson Bland