Alycia Baumgardner: Why does anyone think Mikaela Mayer is good?
âAll eyes are on me now, but I always knew it was going to happen,â says Alycia Baumgardner confidently. on the phone.
It’s been a whirlwind of several weeks for the 27-year-old fighter from Michigan, reflecting on winning the WBC junior lightweight title in Sheffield, England in her 12th professional competition.
âEveryone wants my position. But I love this. It keeps me on my toes and makes me hungry and want to keep working hard. As George Kambosos Jr said last weekend, “The hunter has become the hunted.”
There is an undeniable aura of inevitability in the way Baumgardner (11-1, 7 KOs) reflects on his rise to the top. There is no dizziness in his voice, no feeling of being overwhelmed, and nothing akin to a feeling of impostor syndrome from his recent realization.
Erasing Terri Harper in the fourth round of their Nov. 13 contest was all in her personal scenario. But gaining the platform to run it seemed his biggest challenge.
“I needed so much patience throughout my boxing journey,” she continued frankly. âEveryone wants to be world champions, but I knew I would eventually be successful if I continued to grind and work hard. Terri’s option as well as the WBC title came up and I wasn’t going to turn it down.
âOf course we only had a month’s notice, but that wasn’t going to stop me. I wasn’t particularly worried about fighting in the UK, but I knew I had to dominate her and look for the knockout, something I’ve always been confident in the ring.
“I think Terri and Eddie [Hearn] underestimated me when entering the fight. They must have seen something on my CV that made them think I was a good match. More confidence to fight at home. “
The victory of “The Bomb” over the Briton was the seventh stopping victory of her short career and by far the most complete. Harper was left asleep on her feet by a monstrous right hand, highlighted the power she wields in the super-feather division.
âI’ve had this strength and power since I was a young girl,â she explained.
“I have always been a natural athlete and tried all sports as a kid – my strength was first evident when I was wrestling and I managed to turn that into boxing.”
Baumgardner assures me that she didn’t have a boxing idol when she was growing up in Michigan, just a dream to improve her life and live with freedom. She had a supportive family network around her to watch her and was encouraged by a line of boxing freaks. There was no “plan B” – all of her eggs were placed in the ruthless boxing basket.
So what do the next pages of Alycia Baumgardner’s story have in store for us?
“I don’t believe Terri [Harper] will want revenge, âshe admits. âBut she’s a fighter and the fighters don’t give up, they get up when they fall. But I don’t think it would be wise for her. There is no other result than the same the other week.
Baumgardner’s focus only seems to be on the other 130lb champions: Hyun Mi Choi and Mikaela Mayer.
The 27-year-old is not a rookie in the boxing world. She understands that Mayer (16-0, 5KO) is the ‘money fight’ of the division, and feels that a unification against Choi is a preference. first port of call.
âI think Choi is a great option for me first because she has a title and then we can move on to the fight everyone wants to see against Mayer.
âEverything makes Mikaela Mayer beatable. His CV is poor, his fighting style reminds me of amateur boxing and I see so many flaws in his fighting style. A lot of people don’t know it but I’ve wanted it since amateur days. I always thought, “Why does everyone think this girl is good?” “
âIn my eyes, she has never been so good. She has a jab, my jab is better. She has suits, my suits are better. Whatever she does, I can do better. This is just how I see it.
“I could have rushed into the fight with Mayer when I had my knee down and always won, but we waited, and now we can let it grow again. I’m going to give her her biggest salary in sports and she knows it. “
A scheduled amateur reunion was called off ahead of the 2016 Olympics when Mayer moved from one weight class to another and out of Baumgardner’s reach. Since then, Mayer has been on Baumgardner’s radar, so letting the fight develop for a few more months is no problem.
âIt would be a dream for an undisputed fight to take place in Detroit, but to be honest I will fight anywhere. Las Vegas, California or New York, I don’t mind.
But for now, Baumgardner will rest, reluctantly, until early 2022.
âI don’t like to be inactive for too long. I am a natural athlete and I have to stay sharp, âshe concludes. I will prove to people that my victory over Harper was no accident. Alycia is here and she is here to stay.
“I am the best dog at 130.”