Mikaela Mayer Goes Six for Six in 2018
By David A. Avila
Mikaela Mayer shut out Calista Silgado in every round to retain the NABF super featherweight title by unanimous decision on Friday.
Mayer (9-0, 4 KOs) won her six consecutive fight this year alone to close out 2018 with a win over Colombia’s Silgado (17-11-3) at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was her first defense of the NABF title on th Top Rank card.
The 2016 US Olympian continued her assault on capturing a world title and has targeted next year for her first world title attempt.
Silgado, 30, is a veteran of seven world title attempts with none successful but she had been stopped three times with the last one occurring in 2016, when she was knocked out by Amanda Serrano.
Mayer, 28, wasn’t able to medal in the Rio Olympics but her talent was obvious despite incredulous scoring in Brazil. But as a professional her attacking style has allowed her to slide into the prizefighting game with ease. However, Silgado proved a little too resilient for Mayer to score a knockout. It was the second consecutive opponent to last until the final bell.
Although unable to knock out Silgado she was able to mount a solid offensive attack.
“Body shots were the key to winning,” said Mayer, 28.
The continuing education of Mayer continues through 2019 as she targets a world title shot.
So far Mayer has had a very good two years as a professional.
(Photo by JP Yim)