IBF welterweight women’s boxing world champion, Natasha Jonas, has opened the door to having a duel to defend her title against former world champion, Mikaela Mayer. / Photo: Instagram @tashatf12
LIVERPOOL – IBF women’s welterweight world boxing champion from England, Natasha Jonas, has the opportunity to defend her title against former world champion, Mikaela Mayer. Previously, the boxer from the United States was the WBO/IBF super featherweight champion.
Unfortunately, she lost both of her belts after suffering a loss to WBC/IBO champion Alycia Baumgardner in October last year. After the defeat, Mayer moved up to the lightweight division. In her first appearance, she immediately won the WBC interim title after defeating Lucy Wildheart.
Mikael Mayer will also test his abilities in the junior welterweight class by challenging Silvia Bortot at the Manchester Arena, Manchester, Saturday (2/9/2023) local time. This match is also one of the additional parties in the main contest Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jr.
It seems Mayer has a goal of moving up to welterweight to get in front of Natasha Jonas.
Knowing that he was Mayer’s main target, Jonas was also very happy to wait for his presence. Jonas himself had adventures in the super welterweight class, and won the IBF/WBC/WBO championship belt.
“I understand why he would fight me. The same reason why I moved up a division. I really think he’s a great fighter. I think he was unfortunate not to get the judges’ decision against Baumgardner. I’m sure he’ll win.” said Natasha Jonas to Sky Sports.
“I think he’s going to be a better fighter at 147 pounds. I know because I’m moving up a division and it’s to my advantage not to get too drained. It’s a great fight, he’s got a great name, he’s internationally renowned, highly respected, ” continued the boxer with a record of 14-2-1 (9KO).
Not only Mayer, Jonas is also the target of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medalist who has now turned professional, Lauren Price. This 29-year-old left-handed boxer feels he is ready to compete against Jonas.
Unfortunately, the name Lauren Price is not as sexy as Mayer in Jonas’ eyes. As a result, Jonas was more interested in dealing with Mayer.