Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche will fight first in road to undisputed
The one thing that all fans want to see is an undisputed champion. It is an achievement of the highest appreciation by the boxing community. The unification between WBO junior lightweight champion Mikaela Mayer (15-0, 5ko) and IBF champion Maiva “El Veneno” Hamadouche (22-1, 18ko) paves the way towards just that.
WBO champion Mayer informed the public that this is in the making. She has been dead set on becoming an undisputed champion, and her first choice for unification was with WBC champion Terri Harper. However, Harper was instead to face WBA champion Hyun-Mi Choi. That fight would be delayed until 2022 due to Harper suffering a broken hand. In June, Mayer took to social media to announce a deal had been reached to fight Hamadouche.
“Deal was made for Mayer-Hamadouche weeks ago so get ready.”
Well, the fight would have to wait as Hamadouche wanted to fight in the Olympics. She was eliminated in the first round of the tournament, and is ready to go forward with the unification match-up.
THE PATH TOWARDS UNDISPUTED STARTS NOW
Fans can start getting excited about 2022 as the junior lightweight division will crown an undisputed champion. In 2020, Choi signed with Matchroom Promotions in anticipation of the unification bout with Harper. She recently defended the title, for the ninth time, in dominating fashion against Simone Aparecida Da Silva. Now, she is waiting in the wings for the Harper fight to be rescheduled for 2022.
The winner between Mayer and Hamadouche will undoubtedly call for undisputed while things pan out between Harper and Choi. But if Harper is still unable to fight, then look for the WBA champion to call for the newly crowned unified champion.
One thing is for certain; all of the divisional champions are eager to get into the ring and prove who deserves to sit atop the mountain as the one true champion. The first unification bout between the two champions is scheduled to take place live on ESPN+ at the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5.
By: Garrisson Bland