Mikaela Mayer Hopes Win Over Baumgardner Conquerer Earns Her Undisputed Rematch
Former unified super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer (17-1, 5 KOs) looks to earn a rematch with her bitter rival Alycia Baumgardner (13-1, 7 KOs), in 2023. Baumgardner narrowly outpointed Mayer via a split decision on the historic Shields Marshall card late last year.
Baumgardner’s Promoter Eddie Hearn presented highly-rated 2-0 prospect Beatriz Ferreira as the means for Mayer to earn a second fight but the American was understandably dismissive of this proposition and has instead gone a different avenue to secure an opportunity at all of the 130-pound marbles.
Mayer will face the only fighter to beat Baumgardner in a professional ring, Greece’s former super lightweight champion Christina Linardatou (14-2, 6 KOs). Mayer is hoping a win over Linardatou will elevate the public interest in the rematch and put some pressure on Baumgardner to accept a second encounter.
The Greece fighter is the mandatory challenger for Undisputed champion Chantelle Cameron but is understood to be unhappy with the 75-25 split offered, requesting 50-50, and will pass up on the opportunity.
Linardatou has faced some quality opposition in her career with her two defeats coming at the hands of Delfine Persoon and P4P #1 Katie Taylor.
There is no confirmed date or venue for the clash between Mayer and Linardatou but it is expected to headline a Top Rank show in the United States on an ESPN platform.
Baumgardner, who will face France’s Elhem Mekhaled (15-1, 3KOs) for the undisputed titles on Feb 4 – according to BoxingScene, immediately denied the possibility of a rematch with Mayer in the aftermath of their contest but her promoter Hearn was more open to the idea.
Hearn explained that Baumgardner would be reluctant to give Mikaela Mayer a rematch largely due to the bad blood between the pair pre-fight but in reality, if it made financial sense, they would do the rematch.
The British promoter stated that a rematch between the pair “would be sensational” and could headline a fight night in the United States – what Hearn believes it should’ve done the first time around.