Natasha Jonas, the two division world champion and reigning IBF Welterweight titleholder, is all set to lock horns against former unified super featherweight world champion Mikaela Mayer at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on 20th January.
A former unified IBF, WBC, and IBF junior middleweight champion, Jonas will be making the first title defense of the IBF 147-pound belt, which she won against Canada’s Kandi Wyatt in July this year.
Returning to her birthplace, the 39-year-old Liverpudlian, who had also contested against undisputed lightweight champ Katie Taylor back in 2021, revealed to the media that she sees the upcoming fight against Mayer as the biggest in her career.
“I’m so excited to be fighting back in Liverpool in my first headline show and in the biggest fight of my career so far. It’s my fifth world title fight with Boxxer, in my backyard and I’m ready for it. It’s Mikaela Mayer, she stretches above and beyond the UK shores. ‘Miss GB’ versus ‘Miss USA’ and may the best woman win,” said Jonas.
A former IBF and WBO champ at 130, Mayer is currently on a two-fight win streak since her maiden professional defeat to Alycia Baumgardner in October last year where she lost her super featherweight belts. Since then, the American star has defeated Lucy Wildheart for the WBC interim lightweight title and Silvia Bortot, in April and September this year respectively.
“These are the types of matchups boxing needs. I am feeling better than ever at my new weight and confident that 2024 is when I take it all back,” Mayer told the media. [H/T SI.com]