Mikaela Mayer Returns As A Super Lightweight Next Week and More News
(Photo by JP Yim)
By David A. Avila
America’s Mikaela Mayer heads to the United Kingdom to face another European challenger in Silvia Bortot. But not as a super featherweight.
Former super featherweight titlist Mayer (18-1, 5 Kos) moves up to the super lightweight division and will meet Italy’s Bortot (11-2-1, 3 Kos) next week Sept. 2, at the Ao Arena in Manchester, England. ESPN+ will stream the card.
It’s a very quickly arranged match.
Mayer’s fight was just announced by Top Rank on Monday, but Mayer was already in preparation and has been training in Las Vegas. She worked as an ESPN analyst a few weeks ago when Seniesa Estrada fought Argentina’s Leonela Yudica in Las Vegas.
This is Mayer’s third contest in England.
Last April, Mayer met Sweden’s Lucy Wildheart at Hackney Wick in London. It was a contentious affair with both giving and taking in a 10-round slugfest. The entertaining fight was quickly arranged when Mayer’s original foe Christina Linardatou did not pass the medical examination. Wildheart stepped in quickly.
Before that, Mayer met Alycia Baumgardner for the undisputed super featherweight championship in London. It was a back and forth battle that saw Baumgardner emerge the winner by a close split decision last October.
Mayer returns to England but this time in Manchester.
A few things are in play in the super lightweight division. Undisputed super lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron and undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor will resume their battle on November 25. Last May, Cameron defeated Taylor by majority decision in Dublin, Ireland.
If Cameron wins it could be an opportunity for Mayer to challenge the champion next. If Taylor wins there will surely be a rematch with Cameron. However, Mayer will stamp her place in line.
The tall blonde prizefighter from Woodland Hills, California now calls Colorado home. She has the height at 5-foot, 9-inches to compete as a lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight or super welterweight. Maybe even heavier.
“It’s my sixth year as a pro, but I’ve never felt better. My run at 130 was a ton of fun and something I’m proud of, but it’s time for a new chapter,” said Mayer. “It’s time to combine my experience with my size and see what I can accomplish. This fight is at 142 pounds, but 147 is the next hot division in women’s boxing, and that’s where I’m headed.”
New Zealand fights
Down under, New Zealand remains in the spotlight after a month of World Cup soccer or football as its properly known. On Saturday Aug. 26, two world title fights take place in Auckland.
Super bantamweights Mea Motu (16-0) and Ellen Simwaka (12-6-2) meet 10 rounds for the IBO world title. Also, heavyweights Lani Daniels (8-2-2) and Razel Mohammed (3-0-2) meet 10 rounds for IBF world title.
It’s not often that New Zealand hosts world title matches.
More Fight News
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Danila Ramos (12-2) defeated Brenda Carabajal (18-6-1) by split decision after 10 rounds on Friday Aug. 18. The interim WBO featherweight title match was held at Buenos Aires.
Anahi Trinidad (1-1-1) beat Daiana Molina (0-1) by decision after four rounds on Friday Aug. 18. The flyweight match was held in San Fernando. Also, lightweights Luana Cepeda (1-0-1) and Priscila Fernandez (0-0-2) fought to a draw; and super lightweights Agustina Amed (2-1-1) and Maria Martinez (0-1-1) fought to a draw.
On Friday Aug. 25, flyweights Daniela Molina (2-11-3) and Carmen Bratschi (0-7-2) meet four rounds at Tandil.
On Friday Aug. 25, welterweights Mariam Ostrenkova (0-0-1) and Neda Kosariyamchelou (0-0) meet four rounds at Yerevan. Also, featherweights Tatevik Katchatryan (0-0) and Pegah Jalilehvand (0-0-1) meet four rounds.
On Wednesday Aug. 23, super bantamweights Amber Amelia (2-1) and Erini Ramirez (1-1-1) meet four rounds at Sydney.
On Saturday Aug. 26, lightweights Taylah Gentzen (3-0) and Audrey Mosig (0-1) meet eight rounds at Marks Point for the Australian title.
Francia Bravo (26-6-2) defeated Angi Romero (7-3) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Saturday Aug. 19. The lightweight fight took place in Melgar. Also, Angie Murcia (3-0) beat Luz Duarte (0-4) in a four round super flyweight bout.
On Saturday Aug. 26, super featherweights Kalliopi Kourouni (12-3-1) and Monica Acosta (9-21) meet eight rounds at Medellin.
On Friday Aug. 25, featherweights Viviane Bianelis (4-0) and Maria Augustina (0-2) meet six rounds at Santo Domingo.
On Sunday Aug. 27, flyweights Mariam Gabry (2-0) and Melak Hossam (0-0) meet four rounds at Cairo. Also, lightweights Hagar Elsayed (1-0) and Nada Mohamed (0-0) meet four rounds.
On Saturday Aug. 26, featherweights Tiia Rantakyla (0-0) and Nevena Markovic (0-5) meet six rounds at Kirkkonummi. Also, super featherweights Serwa Palani (1-0) and Barbora Mayerova (1-2) meet four rounds.
On Saturday Aug. 26, super flyweights Gloria Gallardo (13-2-2) and Nora Cardoza (16-11-2) meet eight rounds at Rosarito Beach.
On Saturday Aug. 26, light flyweights Estefany Alegria (7-0) and Linda Contreras (3-3-2) meet 10 rounds at Colima. Also, heavyweights Grecia Serrano (1-0) and Latasha Burton (4-14) meet four rounds.
Anna Collie (1-0) won by unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Sarah Linton (0-2) on Saturday Aug. 19. The super bantamweight match was held in Porirua.
On Saturday Aug. 26, super bantamweight Mea Motu (16-0) and Ellen Simwaka (12-6-2) meet 10 rounds for the IBO world title at Auckland. Also, heavyweights Lani Daniels (8-2-2) and Razel Mohammed (3-0-2) meet 10 rounds for IBF world title.
On Saturday Aug. 26, lightweights Chanttall Martinez (20-8) and Sara Anti Gabriel (3-2) meet six rounds at David.
On Friday Aug. 25, super flyweights Lulu Kayage (8-10-4) and Mary Aina (10-0) meet eight rounds at Dar es Salaam.
On Saturday Aug. 26, welterweights Kate McLaren (3-0-2) and Anchalee Mankong (2-8) meet four rounds at Bangkok.
On Sunday Aug. 27, minimumweights Umi Ishikawa (10-3) and Sothita Sitthichai (8-2) meet eight rounds for a regional title at Pathum Thani.
On Friday Aug. 25, super flyweights Angelina Lukas (4-0) and Stumai Muki (7-3) meet eight rounds at Istanbul. Also, super welterweights Deniz Ermiz (1-0) and Hande Denizcier (0-0) meet six rounds.
Raven Chapman (7-0) beat Lila Dos Santos (9-1) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Friday Aug. 18. The featherweight regional title match was held at London, England.
Chiara Dituri (7-0) defeated Julie Metzner (1-5) by unanimous decision after four rounds on Saturday Aug. 19. The lightweight bout took place at Manalapan Township, New Jersey.
On Friday Aug. 25, lightweights Czarina McCoy (11-1) and Carisse Brown (9-6) meet six rounds in Atlanta, Georgia.
On Saturday Aug. 26, bantamweights Shelly Barnett (5-8-2) and Moni Trejo (3-3-1) meet eight rounds at Cicero, Illinois.
On Saturday Aug. 26, lightweights Mayra Rodriguez (1-1) and Roxanne Ceasear (0-0) meet four rounds at San Antonio, Texas.