Tremendous-featherweight world champion Mikaela Mayer says she could be prepared to maneuver up in weight to tackle the winner of Katie Taylor’s undisputed conflict with Amanda Serrano.
Mayer, 31, will defend her WBO and IBF belts in her hometown of California towards former world champion Jennifer Han this weekend, with reside protection on Sky Sports activities from 2am on Sunday morning.
Whereas Mayer, who additionally holds the Ring Journal title for her division, is eager for unification bouts with WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi and WBC belt holder Alycia Baumgardner, she says she is not going to wait round on the 130lbs restrict if these fights cannot be made swiftly.
“I believed I might be undisputed already,” Mayer instructed Sky Sports activities Information. “I am not going to lie. I have been desirous to get these fights performed.
“It has been slightly tough. After (Maiva) Hamadouche I needed to unify with Choi and Baumgardner. There isn’t any motive in my thoughts why these fights should not occur straight away.
“Proper now I am within the prime of my profession, in order a lot as I needed to go undisputed at 130, I am not going to sit down round and wait. I will take the fights that come to make, take the provides for the largest fights I can probably get – if that requires going as much as 135 before I needed, then that is what I will do.
“If I can come again down, then nice. However I will should take it one combat at a time proper now, as a result of I do need the largest fights.”
Eire’s undisputed light-weight world champion Taylor takes on seven-weight world champion Serrano in a New York later this month, with that division only one above Mayer’s.
“I might like to combat Katie Taylor,” Mayer stated. “That has all the time been on my listing.
“I might clearly like to tackle a combat together with her or the winner of Taylor vs Serrano, whoever comes out on prime. I believe that both a type of ladies could be an awesome combat for me and an awesome combat to have on my résumé.
“I’ve so many nice fights at 135 and 140 I need to problem myself at.”
‘I felt UK love and fervour for boxing’
Mayer made a extremely constructive impression on British boxing followers as she joined the Sky Sports activities crew to commentate on February’s Boxxer present in Cardiff, which included Chris Eubank Jr’s win over Liam Williams and Claressa Shields’ victory over Ema Kozin.
Together with exhibiting off her excessive boxing IQ on commentary, Mayer immersed herself in British boxing, visiting a neighborhood sports activities membership to cross on some steering to the following era.
She stated: “I beloved it a lot! You all actually love boxing on the market, you’ll be able to simply inform.
“It is so humorous, as a result of everybody all the time says, ‘what’s it going to take for us to develop girls’s boxing within the US?’ It is simply a lot more durable right here, there’s simply a lot competitors for the media’s consideration. However once I went to the UK I simply felt the love and the fervour for boxing.
“It was actually superior. I beloved commentating, I really feel like I used to be actually welcomed and everybody was appreciative of my commentary.
“I attempt to be trustworthy once I’m commentating and provides a great evaluation of every boxer, so I am completely satisfied to listen to that the response was good and everybody loved having me there and I am unable to wait to come back again.”
‘I’ll present my boxing IQ’
Mayer says that her boxing IQ will likely be on present inside the ring when she faces Han on Saturday night time in Costa Mesa.
After producing a brutal show to take the IBF title from Maiva Hamadouche final November, Mayer says she intends to fluctuate her fashion towards Han, who misplaced on factors to Taylor in Leeds final yr.
“One factor I pleasure myself on is I believe I am a really versatile boxer, one of the versatile on the market I believe,” Mayer stated.
“I can do a variety of various things and other people lastly noticed that once they noticed me bang it out for 10 rounds with Hamadouche. I am tall and lean, so individuals all the time anticipate me to field, however I am versatile – I can do all of it.
“I believe on this combat you may see a bit extra of my boxing IQ, which I am excited to point out. It’s a completely completely different combat, so will probably be a completely completely different sport plan.”