Mikaela Mayer only interested in the best fights!
Women’s WBO junior lightweight champion Mikaela Mayer (15-0, 5KOs) has a huge fight on November 5 when she takes on IBF champion Maiva “El Veneno” Hamadouche (22-1, 18KOs) in a unification bout. Also on the line will be the vacant ring magazine title.
Since turning pro in 2017, Mayer has been on track to become a world champion. She finally realized that dream when she defeated Ewa Brodnicka in October of 2020 to win the vacant WBO title. Ever since becoming champion, she’s been relentless in her pursuit of unifying the women’s 130-pound division. She proclaimed that she was the best in her division in 2020, before she became champion.
Once she acquired her WBO strap, she went full-court press on WBC champion Terri Harper, demanding to fight. Her insistence on taking on Harper was met with resistance from the handlers of the WBC champ, who looked in the opposite direction of Mayer.
While she hasn’t been able to get Harper to put pen to paper, she has potentially set herself up for that huge showdown in 2022 by agreeing to tangle with hard-hitting Frenchwoman and IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche. A win would no doubt force Harper’s hand at some point, especially if she wants to be considered the best at 130.
MAYER’S GOALS START WITH HAMADOUCHE!
“My mindset is that I’m here to challenge myself to the best of my ability throughout my career. She does have a great record and she’s been champ for what now six years, but in my mind, six years of being champ and not pressing to unify. That’s not what I want for my career, that’s not the vision I have for my career, my division and women’s boxing. I want the best fights, so I had to go out there and do what I had to do to make this fight happen. That is what it is. So, I have plenty of experience also.” ~ Mikaela Mayer at an ESPN/Top Rank press conference
It’s clear that Mayer is all about legacy and fighting the best. If victorious, let’s hope either her and Harper can settle their beef in the ring. Or that she can get WBA champion Hyun Mi-Choi to step up to the plate and unify. Which would put the winner one step closer to being the undisputed women’s junior lightweight champion.
By: Jerrell Fletcher