Mikaela Mayer Says Her Beef with Alycia Baumgardner is All Real
The unification bout between unified junior lightweight champion Mikaela Mayer (17-0, 5KO) and WBC champion Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner (12-0, 7KO) is a true-to-life bad-blood rivalry. As both champions look to settle their issues in the ring, Mayer wants fans to know their beef is not fake.
THE HISTORY OF HOW IT ALL STARTED
Mayer has always maintained wanting to be undisputed. She made that clear while chasing after former WBC champion Terri Harper for a unification fight in 2020. So it’s only natural she would go after Baumgardner once the title changed hands.
The Bomb inherited the wrath of the unified champion by default after shocking the world by stopping Harper in 2021. The two champions engaged in a heated social media war of words soon after and things only intensified after official announcement of their fight on the undercard of the undisputed middleweight showdown between unified champion Claressa Shields and WBO champion Savanna Marshall.
THE BAD BLOOD IS REAL
During an interview with Best Women’s Boxing Show Period Podcast, Baumgardner expressed how much she despises the unified champion and plans on giving her a painful beating. Mayer told the press that the WBC champion had never truly been tested called her a one-dimensional fighter. With so much animosity between both champions, questions were floated whether the bad blood was genuine or made up to hype their fight.
During an interview with Sky Sports Boxing, Mayer let it be known there is nothing fake about the bad blood between the two champions.
“Me and Baumgardner’s beef is definitely real. I would never fake it. I mean, I would never fake a rivalry. That’s just not my style. That’s corny. I would never do that.
My thing is I want to fight the best, and she beat Terri Harper, got the belt, became champion and so, naturally, I came for her; I called her out.”
By: Garrisson Bland