Mikaela Mayer Questions If Alycia Baumgardner Really Wants a Rematch
One observer was keeping a close eye on Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner’s (14-1, 7 KOs) win over Elhem Mekhaled to become the undisputed women’s junior lightweight title. That observer was the one-time unified champion at 130, Mikaela Mayer (17-1, 5 KOs), who was in attendance for the fight.
The history and animosity between Mayer and Baumgardner runs deep. They fought a spirited battle in October 2022, with Baumgardner coming out the victor by a split decision.
Mayer has been in hot pursuit of a rematch. Initially, Baumgardner was against running it back with Mayer. However, in recent months, The Bomb seems to be warming up to the idea. Following her win against Mekhaled, Baumgardner said she was coming for her Mayer and promised to knock her out.
During an exclusive interview with the source iD Boxing, Mayer broke down Baumgardner’s performance. She believes there is cause for pause regarding the new undisputed champion.
“I feel like she was exposed a little bit in this fight. She does gas out . . . We’ve always known she’s had the power, but she doesn’t have the stamina.”
YAY OR NAY?
Mayer hungers to get another crack at her. Despite Baumgardner’s post-fight comments, the one-time unified champion said talk is cheap.
“Listen, do you want a rematch, or do you not want a rematch? I’ve been very clear about what I want to do. Let’s get this on. We can solve all this talk and get in the ring again, and give the fans what they want to see.
She goes back-and-forth and back-and-forth, but at the end of the day, she knows I’m the biggest fight for her. She knows this rivalry doesn’t come around every day. It may never come around for her again at this level . . . It will come full circle. So she doesn’t have to threaten me. I’m here for the fight.”
THE DECIDING FACTOR
Baumgardner has expressed an interest in fighting the winner of the May 20 rematch between undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor and undisputed featherweight champion Amanda Serrano. However, the biggest money fight for Baumgardner remains a rematch with Mayer. Their first battle occurred in London, England. A potential second fight would likely be in the United States with more money on the table.
This is a bottom-line business. Whether fans get to see it may ultimately depend on finances. Mayer hopes the undisputed junior lightweight champion sees the light, the potential dollar signs, and is serious about making Baumgardner-Mayer II a reality.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.