Alycia Baumgardner Hungry For Vengeance in Christina Linardatou Rematch
Women’s undisputed junior lightweight champion Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner (14-1, 7 KOs) returns to the ring on July 15 to defend her titles against Christina Linardatou (14-2, 6 KOs) at Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan on DAZN. It’s a rematch, and the defending champion has one thing on her mind – revenge.
Baumgardner and Linardatou previously fought in July 2018, with Linardatou winning by split decision. It’s the sole loss of Baumgardner’s career. Speaking to Matchroom Boxing, The Bomb talked about what this upcoming fight means to her.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’ve worked to get here and to be undisputed, to revenge this loss . . . It’s something that I’m really looking forward to.”
LEARNING FROM DEFEAT
Baumgardner said the setback was a growing experience. She’s gone on to achieve great success. In her last outing in February 2023, the 29-year-old defeated Elhem Mekhaled by unanimous decision to become undisputed at 130. The Bomb is now on the top of the mountain in the junior lightweight division. She’s also one of the faces of women’s boxing with mainstream appeal.
The undisputed champion wants to win more titles in higher divisions and engage in big-money fights. But first, she wants to settle the score with Linardatou and promises vengeance will be hers on July 15 in her adopted hometown of Detroit.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for, and I’m gonna punish her. That’s how I feel. I’m going to punish her. I want her to know that she’s with somebody who isn’t the same fighter that I was five years ago.”