Alycia Baumgardner won a razor-thin split decision victory to become Unified Super-Featherweight World Champion in a back and forth battle that proved the determination of both women after the huge animosity felt by both fighters towards each other after a fiery build up to the fight.
The fight turned back and forth as both fighters had spells of dominance across the rounds, and both showed heart to battle for 10 hard rounds.
The first three rounds of the fight were cagey, with both fighters having moments of success, but neither clearly establishing themselves as in control of the fight.
Mayer found her rhythm in the 4th, 5th and 6th rounds, finding range with her jab consistently and landing a barrage of powerful right hands in the 5th round that slowed Baumgardner’s aggression.
Baumgardner came back strongly after those dominant Mayer rounds and did damage across the rest of the fight, but with Mayer also finding opportunities for success.
Both women seemed certain of taking victory in the aggressive build-up to this fight, a build-up which boiled over at multiple points over the last few months, while both threw constant jabs on social media.
The animosity was never going to be settled anywhere other than in the ring, and with a decision as close as that one, it may still not be settled.