Mikaela Mayer is ready to take over Women’s Boxing

You may know the common names of women’s boxing like Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano, and Heather Hardy. All of these women have accomplished great things throughout their careers, all either current or former world champions. Deep in the heart of Top Rank, however, a budding star is ready for her time to shine.

This Halloween, Mikaela Mayer has a chance to win her first world title. After that? The possibilities are endless.

Mayer (13-0), a former Olympic athlete, has become Bob Arum’s next big pet project. A WBC-NABF Super-Featherweight Champion, Mayer has been mowing down the competition over at Top Rank. While the promotion is not budding with female talent, at least compared to Matchroom Boxing and DAZN, Mayer is proving to be the biggest asset for the promotion.  

The past year has been one to remember for Mayer. Set to face Helen Joseph earlier this year, she tested positive for COVID-19. The fight rebooked, they ended up getting the main event spot after Jamel Herring tested positive right before fight night. As the first female main event on an ESPN-produced Top Rank card, Mayer and Joseph put on a performance to remember. Mayer would win by unanimous decision and was promised by Arum that her next fight would be for a title.

Arum is a man of his word, as Mayer will now face off against Ewa Brodnicka for the WBO Super-Featherweight Title.

“When Mikaela gives the orders, you step to attention and try to get {the world title fight} done,” Arum stated. “We’re very proud of Mikaela. She’s comported herself tremendously, both in and out of the ring, and she’s going to be a great world champion and a great credit to women’s boxing.”

The fight will be taking place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. This will be Brodnicka’s (18-0) first fight in the United States, having fought all of her bouts in Poland. While Brodnicka is the more experienced opponent, Mayer is as confident as ever heading into the fight.

Mayer feels confident ahead of fight night

“I’m peaking as an athlete. I’m really coming into my own. And so it’s really not about Ewa. It’s really about me,” Mayer stated. “They always train me like I’m going up against somebody amazing, and I always have to be like, ‘You guys, don’t worry, relax. I got this.’ But that’s what good coaches do. They’re looking at everything Ewa Brodnicka does really well and then they’re acting as if she does it better than how she actually does it.”

“I think {Brodnicka} is hyping up the fight, talking a big game, but I don’t think she believes anything that she’s saying. I think she knows I’m a better fighter. She knows I’m fast. She knows I’m strong. She knows I’m more technically sound. She’s just playing into the hype.”

This is Mayer’s fight to lose. A Boxing National Champion, Mayer made weight for the fight, while Brodnicka was 0.9 pounds over the limit the first time. Brodnicka still didn’t make weight following a redo. Mayer, who trains in Colorado Springs, came in at 129.8 and is eligible to win the now-vacant title. 

The rest of the card

The co-main event of a card featuring Naoya Inoue v. Jason Moloney, a Mayer win could lead her to Terri Harper (10-0-1), the WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight Champion. The 23-year-old is set to defend her titles against Katharina Thanderz on November 14. If all goes according to plan, 2021 could end up seeing a clash between two of the fastest-rising stars in the sport.

Since 2018, Mayer has taken down all international stars, winning all but three fights via unanimous decision. As far as betting lines are concerned, Mayer is a -550 favorite over the +340 Brodnicka, according to the Fanduel Sportsbook.

Confident in her ability, Mayer believes the fight will not go the distance. A new era can begin for women’s boxing this weekend. Can Mayer take advantage of the opportunity put in front of her? 

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