We analyse the credentials and statistics of two-weight world champion Natasha Jonas and Mikaela Mayer as the British fighter gets set to put her IBF welterweight strap on the line in her home town of Liverpool.
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Once upon a time the career of Natasha Jonas threatened to unravel and fizzle out when she experienced defeat for the first time in her seventh contest.
Over five years later and the popular Liverpudlian is a two-weight world champion and the unified champion at super-welterweight.
The belts have come without a win against a star name, however. But on Saturday, January 20th Jonas can fill that gap by beating Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool.
Jonas will defend her WBO welterweight title on this occasion against the American who is competing at 147lbs for the first time, having won belts at super-featherweight (130lbs) and picked up an interim strap at lightweight (135lbs) last year.
Two of the biggest names in women’s boxing meet in a match-up where the consequences of victory or defeat are substantial...
But who will win?
Let’s look at the Tale of the Tape.
|23-1 (16 KOs)
|19-1 (5 KOs)
|Won - (TKO) v Kandi Wyatt (July 2023)
|Won - (UD) v Silvia Bortot (September 2022)
At 39 Natasha Jonas is entering the final phase of a career which she deserves huge praise for turning around.
The shattering defeat to Viviane Obenauf was arguably the best thing to happen to Jonas.
From there shebounced back and had every right to argue her case for a win in the draw against Terri Harper, and in defeat to the legendary Katie Taylor during August 2020 and May 2021.
Jonas has gone on to win three world titles at super-welterweight and, in her last bout, the Liverpudlian overcame an overmatched Kandi Wyatt to become the IBF welterweight champion.
With hopes of landing a super-fight against Claressa Shields, or another marquee bout, failing to materialise, 2023 wasn’t the year Jonas had hoped after a stunning 12 months previous.
Starting 2024 against a world-class fighter and former champion such as Mikaela Mayer is a signal of intent from Jonas. Victory could lead to rematches with Harper, Taylor or that much wanted showdown with Shields.
But Mayer is by far the strongest opponent Jonas will have faced since her loss to Taylor six fights ago.
|Can overreach on shots
|Leaves chin high
|Comfortable in exchanges
|Open to backhands
|Good on the front or back foot
|Allows opponents back into fights
Mikaela Mayer may have lost in the biggest fight of her career against Alycia Baumgardner in October 2022 but in doing so her profile rocketed.
Their grudge match was a closely contested affair with Baumgardner getting the nod by split decision much to Mayer’s frustration and annoyance.
Media appearance and commentary gigs have kept Mayer’s name and stock at a healthy level ensuring that a big fight was likely to land sooner or later.
Despite having already won world titles, at super-featherweight, Mayer is far more recognised now which has gone hand in hand with the boom in women’s boxing in recent years.
Her trip to Liverpool on January 20th will see Mayer go from 130/135lbs to 147lbs when she challenges Natasha Jonas for the IBF welterweight title.
It is a tough ask and the 33-year-old will have to match Jonas from rounds one to ten if she has any chance of winning.
|Forces action to no avail
|No snap in punches
|Doesn't force the action enough
All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.