Mikaela Mayer (18-1, 5 KOs) has made a statement in her lightweight debut.
The former junior lightweight world champion dominated Lucy Wildheart (10-2, 4 KOs) over 10 rounds to win the WBC interim lightweight title Saturday night at Copper Box Arena in London.
The 32-year-old was supposed to face Christina Linardatou, but the Greek fighter failed to meet the British Boxing Board of Control standards. Wildheart, who took the fight on short notice, showed courage and toughness but was outclassed by Mayer.
Mayer used her height and reach advantage to establish her jab and set up combinations to the head and body. Wildheart, who is much shorter than Mayer, tried to close the distance and land her right hand.
In the third round, Mayer’s left eye began to swell. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Mayer changed her strategy and fought more on the inside, throwing hooks to the body and uppercuts to the head.
According to CompuBox, Mayer landed 166 body punches throughout the fight, a new career high for her.
Mayer won by unanimous decision with scores of 100-90, 98-91 and 98-92. She called out the winner of the potential rematch between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, who are considered the best fighters in the division.
Mayer said, “She was a brave opponent. She stepped up at the last minute and gave me a good fight. But I was too skilled and too strong for her. I wanted to show my versatility and my power at this weight class.
“I love to fight on the inside. I felt that she couldn’t handle my pressure and my body shots, so I decided to go for it and break her down.
“I’m ready for the big fights. I want to be undisputed at lightweight. I know that Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano are supposed to fight again, so I’m waiting for them. I’m confident that I can beat either one of them. This is where I belong. I belong at the top of this division”