(JULY 15) A busy time for women’s
boxing as we’ve seen here on WBAN in recent weeks and more
exciting news today as U.S Olympian Mikaela Mayer has confirmed
the ‘expected’ news that she has turned Pro under Top Rank. On
her Social Media accounts she revealed:
“I have decided to take the next step in my career and have
accepted a contract from @trboxing to turn Pro. I have taken SO
much pride in representing Team USA over the years and leaving
USA Boxing and my chance at an Olympic gold in 2020 was a
bittersweet decision for me. However, having the support of the
best promotion in the world behind me has motivated me in new
ways! I am ready to help grow Women's Boxing in any way that I
can and so grateful that I have the support of Top Rank; Ready
for the Challenge! Thank you all who have been following me from
the beginning. Your support means more to me than you know. I
could not be more excited than to be debuting in my hometown of
Los Angeles on 2x Olympic champ, Vasyl Lomachenko's undercard on
August 5th at the Microsoft Theatre (LA Live). Get your tickets
asap! Xoxo love you all! #boxing #toprank #trboxing #womensboxing
#lomachenko #lalive #losangeles #la #box #boxeo #pro #prodebut #usaboxing
#olympian #boxer #fighter #life #underarmour #underarmourwomen —
in Los Angeles, California.”
Mikaela would have loved to win an Olympic Medal in Tokyo as she
so narrowly failed to do so in Rio but clearly after her recent
defeat in the Continental Federation event in Honduras she felt
that now was the time to turn Pro, a move she has been
considering even before Rio. She is of course NOT alone as most
of the top AIBA female boxers the world over have lost faith in
the AIBA because of their failure to have a Women’s Pro tour
(which allowed entry to the Olympics for Male boxers in Tokyo)
and they have only themselves to blame for not retaining such as
Claressa Shields, Nicola Adams, Katie Taylor, Savannah Marshall,
Chantelle Cameron, Mayer and many others to consider turning Pro
and boxing for other organisations.
"I loved competing as an amateur, but I've always been the type
where my ambition comes from having huge dreams, dreams that
scare me," Mayer told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
"I just felt I wanted a bigger stage, more of a challenge. But
it was a really hard decision for me. I went back and forth with
it for months."
She enjoyed a good relationship with Team USA Boxing including
coaches Kay Koroma and Billy Walsh so why not wait for Tokyo?
"After the Olympics, I felt an emptiness," said Mayer. "I didn't
feel I got everything I was going to get out of the Olympics,
and not just because I didn't medal. I just thought there was
going to be more. The Olympics were over, and I was kind of in
the same position I was before”, she told the AP.
Manager George Ruiz approached Top Rank, though Mayer had also
had approaches from MMA promoters.
"We sat down with Top Rank, and they were the first promoter to
make me think they saw the vision," Mayer said. "Other (boxing)
promoters, you don't believe, you don't see. Top Rank did, and
within a matter of weeks, we got it done."
"People are seeing what women's boxing has to offer, and I want
to be a part of that. I want people to see that elite women can
compete with the best, can put on a show."
As Mikaela said in her announcement she is debuting in hometown
LA on August 5th on the two times Olympic champion Vasyl
Lomachenko’s undercard though it is not yet known if the Mayer
bout will be beamed LIVE on TV or via Live Streaming. Oddly
enough Mayer never met 5 times AIBA World champion, Taylor as an
amateur but now there may be an opportunity for a meeting
between the two within a year or so. Same applies to GB’s
Natasha Jonas, another recent recruit to the Pro sport.
In another development, Hartlepool & GB Olympian Savannah
Marshall (the only woman to have ever defeated Claressa Shields)
is also ‘in the news’ for she is on the undercard of the
forthcoming ‘boxing’ boot between Floyd Mayweather and Irish MMA
star, Conor McGregor.which has gained much publicity, good and
bad in recent days for their “Media Conference’ antics.
Here in Europe, there will be the EUBC European Union
championships and with a few exciting new young prospects as
well as a few remaining experienced contenders yet the recently
departed Pros will be sorely missed when the tournament open in
Ireland though are confident of winning a few medals with a
mixture of youth and experience. The Irish Athletic Boxing
Association (IABA) have named an eight strong squad for the
forthcoming championships in Cascia where the tournament runs
from August 4th to 13th.
World, European, Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympic medallists
Kellie Harrington, Christina Desmond, Michaela Walsh and Ciara
Ginty have been named in the team.
Boxing begins on August 5th at the Hotel Margherita Gym. Katie
Taylor has won the last five editions of the EU Championships
and Irish hopes are high that Kellie Harrington will strike Gold
and keep the title in Ireland.
European Union Women’s Championships Cascia, Italy August
48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco,Belfast)
51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road,Belfast)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown Antrim)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart MBA)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys,Dublin)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala,Mayo)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus,Tullamore )
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s,Cork)