WBO and IBF world champion Mikaela Mayer and WBC champion Alycia Baumgardner will face off in a unification bout in the 130-pound division later this year, it has been confirmed.
Mikaela Mayer vs Alycia Baumgardner unification title bout in the 130-pound division agreed for late summer/early autumn; “Mikaela Mayer’s prodigious talent is only matched by her tremendous ambition. She wants the biggest fights, and Alycia Baumgardner is a worthy champion”
“Mikaela Mayer’s prodigious talent is only matched by her tremendous ambition,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said.
“She wants the biggest fights, and Alycia Baumgardner is a worthy champion. This is a huge event and one of the most anticipated matchups in women’s boxing.”
Mayer (17-0, 5 KOs) is a Los Angeles native who represented the US at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She became WBO world champion in October 2020 with a one-sided decision over Ewa Brodnicka.
Last November, she unified the WBO and IBF titles with a toe-to-toe barnburner against Maiva Hamadouche in the consensus Female Fight of the Year. The 10-round unanimous decision also earned Mayer the Ring Magazine belt.
Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs) burst onto the scene eight days after Mayer defeated Hamadouche. She travelled to Sheffield, England, and stunned British standout Terri Harper via fourth-round TKO to win the WBC title.
She made her first title defence on April 16 with a shutout decision over former unified world champion Edith Soledad Matthysse.