Mikaela Mayer unofficially announces upcoming bout with Maiva Hamadouche
In a recent social media post, WBO World Super Featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer (15-0, 5 KO’s) informally announced her next bout. The post indicated that IBF World Super Featherweight champion Maiva “El Veneno” Hamadouche (22-1, 18 KO’s) will be her next assignment. Yet, there were no details regarding a date and venue.
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The unofficial alert should be far from a surprise. When last in action on June 19, Mayer thoroughly out-boxed and out-shined Erica Anabella Farias in the first defense of her title. Despite only having the one belt, Mayer has long since said that she seeks to unify the division. Her actual first choice of opponents would have been WBC World Super Featherweight champion Terri Harper.
Unfortunately, Harper was already slated to face WBA Super Featherweight champion Hyun-Mi Choi. Furthermore, during preparation for that bout, she injured her hand. As a result, Harper was forced to withdraw from the fight. Unwilling to sit around twiddling her thumbs, as reported by 3kingsboxing, Mayer moved on and got busy negotiating with Hamadouche. Now, it appears that those negotiations were beneficial and are at a close.
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It’s only appropriate that these unification bouts are being attempted by the fearsome women of the division. The World Series of Boxing has already announced that their third season will focus on the females of the super featherweight division. So hopefully these competitive women will get the greater exposure that they are routinely denied. Luckily for the fans, these are top of the line boxers who deserve the grand platform.
At the moment, the participants of the upcoming tournament have yet to be announced. However, there is a good chance that all the champions could enter. Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing alone promotes Terri Harper, Hyun-Mi Choi and Maiva Hamadouche. Bob Arum of Top Rank speaks for Mikaela Mayer. Therefore if just a few critical heads can get together, this super featherweight tournament can make all kinds of history.
By: Bakari Simpson