Mikaela Mayer is looking to be a two-division world champion, as despite odd circumstances that forced her previous opponent Christina Linardatou, out of the fight, Mayer defeated Lucy Wildheart, who took the fight on 24-hours notice, via an unanimous decision on Saturday night at Copper Box Arena in London.
With the win, Mayer captured the WBC interim lightweight title, with the biggest cash cow in women’s boxing, Katie Taylor holding the WBC lightweight belt - it was clear after the fight where Mayer’s interests resided.
As for the fight itself, Mayer praised Wildheart, who fought a game and courageous fight sans a full training camp.
“She stepped in at the last minute, so that was really gutsy of her. It’s definitely a big fight for her to just jump in at 24 hours’ notice,” said Mayer. She was tough and durable. I see why she had the confidence to do that, so props to her.”
Mayer also noted that despite her amateur pedigree which is highlighted by her appearance at the Rio 2016 Olympics, she enjoys to fight on the inside. Mayer is a dog at heart, and loves to be in fierce battle - so once she knew she could outbox her, Mayer looked to press the action and look to force the action.
“I like to fight on the inside, so once I knew that she couldn’t outbox me,” furthered Mayer. “I decided to take it to her a little bit and try to break her down to the body.”