Alycia Baumgardner wins split decision over Mikaela Mayer to unify super featherweight titles

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Alycia Baumgardner celebrates with the IBF, IBO, WBC and WBO Super Featherweight World Title Belts after winning the IBF, IBO, WBC and WBO Super Featherweight World Title Fight between Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner at Shields vs Marshall Boxxer Fight Night, the UK's first women's boxing card, at The O2 Arena on October 15, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Alycia Baumgardner celebrates with her belts after defeating Mikaela Mayer at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The bitterness that existed in between Alycia Baumgardner and Michael Mayer An intense, high-contact bout ensued throughout the build-up to their super featherweight title fight on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London.

It was a back-and-forth battle, with Baumgardner snapping an early lead through a surprise use of lateral movement and boxing skill. Mikaela got back into the fight in the middle laps, but Baumgardner changed the momentum on the track.

It was a coin toss, and the coin fell in Baumgardner’s favour. She won a split decision. Judges Steve Gray and John Latham had Baumgardner, each 96-95. Terry O’Connor had it 97-93 for Mayer. Yahoo Sports had it 96-94 for Baumgardner.

Baumgardner won the IBF and WBO belts and retained the WBC championship, taking her record to 13-1 with the win.

“I worked my ass off to come here,” Baumgardner said. “All you doubters, I told all the haters. I did that and I am the unified champion of the world. I am thankful and I am blessed.”

Baumgardner went into the fight with a reputation as the harder puncher and Mayer as the better boxer. But Baumgardner was brilliant early on, moving and taking away from Mayer’s offense while she landed hard shots herself.

Mayer adapted by getting in and pressuring Baumgardner. She appeared to hurt Baumgardner right in the head with an overhand at the end of the fourth and opened up by slamming Baumgardner with a job, landing right.

But Baumgardner managed to change the distance in the last three rounds and claim a win in a historic day for women’s boxing with seven titles at stake in the last two bouts on the card.

However, Baumgardner had little doubt that she had won. And she said that instead of giving Mayer a rematch, she would seek a fight with WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi to tie the titles.

“I landed the cleaner shots and the harder shots,” Baumgardner said. “I cut them above the forehead. I was the harder puncher.”

Mayer did well and the fight could have gone either way, but she dug a hole early on and that has proved too difficult for her to cross.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Mikaela Mayer (R) beats Alycia Baumgardner (L) during the IBF, IBO, WBC and WBO world super featherweight title fight between Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner in the Shields vs. Marshall Boxxer fight night, which is the first only women's boxing ticket in the UK at The O2 Arena on 15th October 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The first UK women-only boxing card featured a back-and-forth bout between Alycia Baumgardner and Mikaela Mayer in the co-main event. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

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