All eyes were on the O2 Arena this afternoon as women’s boxing took center stage. In the main event, Claressa Shields earned a unanimous decision victory against Savannah Marshall, bu the co-main event was equally as anticipated. In a 10-round super featherweight unification title bout, Alycia Baumgardner completed the all-Michigan sweep by earning a split-decision victory against Mikaela Mayer. Two judges gave the Michigan native a 96-94 edge while Mikaela Mayer scored the bout 97-93 in the California native’s favor. Regardless of the official scores, many fans were left calling for a rematch.
“I think Mayer underestimated Baumgardner and gave away early rounds thinking her pressure and work would get the job done. She paid for it. I want the rematch,” Andreas Hale of Sporting News tweeted.
“Alycia Baumgardner unifies junior lightweight titles with split-decision victory over Mikaela Mayer in a good scrap in London. Could have gone either way, would love to see a rematch,” Mike Coppinger of ESPN added.
While fans may want Baumgardner to share the ring with Mayer once more, the unified super featherweight titlist has no interest in giving her bitter rival an opportunity to win her titles back.
“That girl ain’t getting no rematch,” she said after the fight.
Instead, Baumgardner has her eyes set on an undisputed super featherweight title fight with Choi Hyun-Mi. She has also expressed interest in fights with Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor in the future.
? BAUMGARDNER WINS!
? @alyciambaum takes a split decision victory over Mikaela Mayer to become unified champion
? Scores of 97-93, 96-95, 96-95#MayerBaumgardner pic.twitter.com/ZfY0lfteuC
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