Mikaela Mayer Announces Her Move to 147
Two bouts ago, former super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer (18-1, 5 KO’s) lost her IBF and WBO titles to Alycia Baumgardner. To make the loss even more bitter, the duel was meant to crown an undisputed champion. Following the hard fought split decision defeat, Mayer jumped in weight to fight and defeat late replacement opponent Lucy Wildheart to capture the Interim WBC lightweight title. Despite having just hopped up in weight however, Mayer feels that it’s in her best interest to jump up two more times.
IS BIGGER BETTER?
It will be interesting to see how this proposed plan of action plays itself out. Generally speaking, jumping weight in the sport is a significant occurrence and typically requires a period of acclimation. So, if successful, Mayer will travel through three weight divisions in a little over a year. This could be good if her body was undergoing too much stress to maintain the lower weight. It also could easily prove to be biting off more than she can chew.
Given her thirst for competition, Mayer will want to go after the champions sooner rather than later. At the moment, there are only two – Jessica McCaskill (WBC and WBA) and Sandy Ryan (WBO), with the IBF title being vacant.
McCaskill and Ryan are slated to clash in a unification duel with a location and date yet to be determined. Before she can worry about facing one of the champions, Mayer must first get in her stay-busy fight, then officially enter the 147-pound division. Then we will all see if these rapid fire jumps were in her best interest after all.