When Natasha Jonas (14-2-1, 9 KOs) takes on Mikaela Mayer (19-1, 5 KOs), they will be fighting for more than just a world title.
The two headline a January 20 card at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England. The IBF welterweight title, held by Jonas, will be on the line. Jonas-Mayer will be available on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event for those in the United Kingdom. Viewers in the United States can catch the action live on ESPN+. Ahead of their clash on Saturday night, Jonas and Mayer spoke at a final press conference.
Natasha Jonas vs. Mikaela Mayer Final Press Conference
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Natasha Jonas Final Press Conference
“This is a big statement. We’ve seen so many times that the best don’t fight the best for whatever reason. But I believe that for me to classify myself as one of the best of this era, I have to fight the best. I look at some of the boxers on the list, the Katie Taylors and Chantelle Camerons, and they’ve beaten people in the top 10 pound-for-pound list. For me to be able to solidify a legacy for myself, I believe I have to do the same, and Mikaela is on that list.”
“Doors shut quickly in boxing when the results don’t go your way. And we’ve both experienced that now. And none of us want that to happen again. So, to keep those doors open, to keep those opportunities open, and to keep those bigger dreams beyond this alive, I’ve got to focus on what happens on Saturday and make that dream come true.”
Mikaela Mayer Final Press Conference
“I agree with Natasha Jonas, it’s not just about the belt. It’s not just about becoming a world champion again. It’s about challenging myself against the best, having those names on my resume and knowing that I did my absolute best to challenge myself against the other great girls in the sport so that I can truly say I’m a top pound-for-pound fighter of this era. That’s important for my legacy and for my fans because I know that these are the types of fights that they want to see.”
“Natasha has a ton of experience. She has that amateur pedigree. She’s gone up against plenty of different styles. And she’s had to learn how to adjust to those styles. Same with me. That’s why having that pedigree is such an advantage. We both have that.”
Hear more from Mayer on the “Fight Freaks Unite Podcast” as she speaks with Big Fight Weekend’s Dan Rafael about her clash with Jonas and more.
Big Fight Weekend Prediction
Given their calibre, we expect Jonas-Mayer to go the distance. The Liverpudlian is the slight favourite going into this fight. Jonas has competed as high as super welterweight and was even unified world champion at that weight class. Additionally, she also has experience at welterweight. On the other hand, the heaviest Mayer has ever competed at was 140 lbs. We believe this will have an impact on the result. Expect Jonas to retain her title with a unanimous decision win – but also for Mayer to put up a fair amount of resistance.