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Miriam Onyango

Natasha Jonas To Defend IBF Welterweight Title Against Mikaela Mayer In Liverpool Showdown

Natasha Jonas celebrates with the WBC, WBO, IBF World Super-weight belts after her victory in the fight against Marie-Eve Dicaire on the Boxxer fight night. Natasha Jonas is scheduled to defend her IBF Welterweight Belt against Mikaela Mayer on 20th January. CAMERON SMITH/GETTY IMAGES.

Saturday, January 20th at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, will see two of the biggest names in women’s boxing square off in the middle of the ring as two-weight world champion Natasha Jonas defends her IBF welterweight title against former Ring junior lightweight world champion Mikaela Mayer.

Natasha Jonas (14-2-1, 9 KOs) from Liverpool in England previously held the IBF, WBC, and IBF junior middleweight titles and won the first-ever Ring championship in that division. She will be making her first defense of the IBF title, which she won with a knockout victory over Canadian Kandi Wyatt earlier this year.

Mikaela Mayer (19-1, 5 KOs) the former 130-pound IBF and WBO titlist from the United States, will be Janas opponent. After a brief period at 140 pounds, Mayer is increasing her weight once more.

“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 Natasha Jonas in media reports.

“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,” said  Mayer.

“2024 promises to be a monumental year for Boxxer and Sky Sports, and we’re thrilled to kick things off with another massive night for women’s boxing as Natasha Jonas defends her World Title against Mikaela Mayer in a matchup set to showcase the pinnacle of the sport. Natasha and Mikaela are two fantastic athletes – both former Olympians and world champions – from either side of the Atlantic, ready to put it all on the line to secure their legacy,” said Ben Shalom, Boxxer Founder and CEO.

“Mikaela Mayer is beloved in the UK, and we are thrilled that she will get an opportunity to become a two-weight champion against a sensational fighter in Natasha Jonas,” said Bob Arum. 

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