Mikaela Mayer makes her New York debut on Lomachenko-Rigondeaux card
December 6, 2017
Anna Aguilar (124 articles)
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Mikaela Mayer makes her New York debut on Lomachenko-Rigondeaux card

2016 Olympian, Mikaela Mayer, finds herself on yet another decorated boxing card as she enters her third professional bout against Nydia Feliciano (9-8-3) of The Bronx on the undercard of the highly anticipated fight Vasyl Lomachenko versus Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Mayer, now fighting out of Stockton, California, makes her New York debut as she enters the ring this Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. However, her bout will not be televised on ESPN, but will be streaming on the ESPN App.

The 27-year-old Los Angeles native, first started boxing when she was 17-years-old. Her choice to join a kickboxing gym was a decision made alone because she wanted to change her troubled ways. Mayer first started competing in Muay Thai, but then took up boxing. Eventually, Mayer found herself on the USA Boxing team and competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Mayer is the first female fighter to be signed by Top Rank Boxing and made her professional debut in August 2017 on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko versus Miguel Marriaga. However, before Mayer made the decision to sign, she was contemplating making a career in MMA.

“I had offers to go into MMA and kickboxing, and I was very close to making that transition into MMA when I sat down with Top Rank,” said Mayer. “Todd duBoef made me feel like he heard me and understood that if I was going to stay in boxing I needed a promoter to give me what I deserved, move me right, promote me the way that I needed to be promoted and believed in woman’s boxing.”

Mayer is making her way up the right way in her professional career, as Top Rank has been promoting her on cards such as this major anticipated boxing match between Lomachenko and Rigondeaux. This is the first time two two-time Olympic gold medalists will compete against each other in such a high level match up that is stated to be a very important bout for boxing.

“She’s definitely a step up for me and I think that I need that right now,” said Mayer on Feliciano. “I’m ready. Women’s boxing is a little different and I think they will move me different then the men. I’m ready for the step up. I fought a lot of different styles in the amateurs and I feel like physically I am peaking as an athlete.

Don’t miss Mikaela Mayer on Saturday night live on the ESPN App. Steam starts live at 7:30p ET/4:30p PT.

Photos by Mikey Williams for Top Rank Boxing

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