The main event of Saturday night’s historic all-boxing women’s card features two champions who do not get along with each other, Mayer & Baumgradner. However, not to be outdone, the co-main event features another set of champions who also do not get along with each other.
WBC, IBO super featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner will face WBO, IBF champion Mikaela Mayer in a unification title match at the 02 Arena in London. This fight will be for the unification
During the shooting of the Face-off show on Sky Sports on Wednesday, the argument reached its boiling point when Baumgardner made a remark to the effect that Mayer benefited from “resources and income” while she would have to “work her way through the ranks.” Mayer was prompted to respond by the comment, and in doing so, she indicated that “she’s sick of the story.” Both boxers got up out of their seats, and they were facing each other head-to-head until security intervened and separated them.
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In the time leading up to the Face-off show, both Baumgardner and Mayer engaged in a verbal back-and-forth via social media platforms. When Alycia Baumgardner won the WBC title and Terri Harper was defeated by her, the two of them immediately became antagonistic toward one another.
Mayer was after a unification match with Harper prior to Harper’s loss, but after Harper’s loss to Baumgardner, Baumgardner became the new target for Mayer’s pursuit of a unification bout. The new champion Baumgardner was displeased with the manner Mayer called her out, and this altercation was the seed that eventually grew into their continuous animosity with one another.
Mikaela’s criticism of Alycia’s contributions to women’s boxing adds another another dimension to the ongoing conflict between the two.
She also indicated that she had never heard of Alycia when she was competing in the amateur ranks, and she claimed that she had never heard of her when she was competing in the professional ranks prior to Baumgardner’s victory over Terri Harper to win the WBC title. Mayer also gave the impression that she was responsible for putting Baumgardner in a position to receive the boxing possibilities that he is currently getting.
“Just take a look at how far the sport of boxing has progressed for women. I’ve always said I want to do everything I can so the next generation of girls that come up actually have an opportunity to make money, actually have a platform, and she’s proof that my work has paid off because she really has; I never even heard of her until I turned pro.
I’ve always said I want to do everything I can so the next generation of girls that come up actually have an opportunity to make money, actually have a platform. She competed in the amateur division, although I was unaware of her existence. She wasn’t known as a professional in the industry, but all of a sudden, she appeared out of nowhere and defeated Terri Harper. Now, she’s in the fight of her life, and I had to put in years of work to get this payday.”
Throughout the buildup for the event that took place on September 10, tensions were high whenever the boxers were in the same room together. When it was almost time for Baumgardner and Mayer to finally meet in the squared circle and release the tension, a tragic occurrence occurred, and the Queen passed away. As a result, the British Boxing Board of control made the decision to postpone the event until a later date.
After five weeks have passed, the super featherweight unification fight is almost ready to take place, and the ill will between the two fighters who are competing is still very much evident. Alycia Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs) wants to use her speed advantage and box from the outside, but she wants to be strategic when she chooses to fight inside the pocket.
Mikaela Mayer (17-0, 5 KOs) has a good jab and a polished 1-2, and she can be successful in this fight if she can close the distance and make it a fight from the inside. On the other hand, Alycia Baumgardner wants to use her speed advantage and
Claressa Shields will compete against Savannah Marshall for the undisputed middleweight title in the Saturday, October 15, main event of Rivalry Saturday. Alycia Baumgardner will compete against Mikaela Mayer for the unified super featherweight title live on (ESPN+) at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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