On Saturday, January 20, at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England, Mikaela Mayer, the former unified super-featherweight world champion, will move up three weight classes to face Natasha Jonas (14-2-1, 9 KOs), the reigning two-weight world champion, for the IBF world welterweight title.
Mikaela Mayer won her first world title in October 2020, defeating Ewa Brodnicka via unanimous decision in her fourteenth professional fight. Mayer defeated Maiva Hamadouche to earn the IBF super-featherweight title one year after taking home the vacant WBO super-featherweight belt.
Mayer, who was already the undisputed champion, went up against Alycia Baumgardner, the WBC super-featherweight champion, in a bid to capture a third title. It was difficult for the bitter adversaries Mayer and Baumgardner to be in the same place at the same time.
After a number of tight fights leading up to their fight, Mayer and Baumgardner ultimately faced off in the ring in October 2022.
Although Mayer started the game quickly, Baumgardner performed better in the second half.
After ten rounds, Alycia Baumgardner was declared the winner via split decision. In 2023, Mayer would recover, winning two bouts by unanimous decision. The opportunity to challenge for a world title once more arrived, three divisions above the super-featherweight class, for the former unified champion.
In order to fight Natasha Jonas, Mikaela Mayer (19-1, 5 KOs) is now moving up from 130 to 147 pounds. It was the easiest world title battle to set up, which is why Mayer desired this specific matchup. Natasha Jonas, the reigning champion, agreed to the bout because she wanted Mayer’s name to go on her winning streak.
Natasha Jonas is a southpaw with an amateur pedigree who can play any style. She is an extremely talented boxer, and her lone loss on the record was against Katie Taylor, the current two-weight undisputed champion.
Mikaela Mayer is a distinguished amateur fighter with a distinguished professional career. Mayer fights the best of the greatest in order to continue leaving a lasting legacy. She’s trying to become a two-division world champion by moving up three weight classes.
Mayer is sure she can overcome the current IBF world welterweight champion even if she is moving up several classes. Mayer thinks she’ll benefit from the extra weight as well.
“I believe you will witness a more improved version of myself. I’m fighting happier now. I’ve enjoyed camp more,” Mayer remarked. “Instead of continuously dieting down to a weight that wasn’t appropriate for my body type, I feel like I’m just at a more natural weight where I’ll be able to put on muscle.”