October 4th, 2021
Mikaela Mayer made historical past in July 2020 as the primary feminine boxer to headline a High Rank on ESPN essential occasion. Now the WBO junior light-weight world champion, Mayer is able to break one other barrier.
Mayer will combat longtime IBF world champion Maiva Hamadouche in a title unification showdown Friday, Nov. 5 at The Theater at Virgin Lodges Las Vegas, a part of Curio Assortment by Hilton, with the vacant Ring Journal title additionally at stake. Mayer-Hamadouche is the primary feminine world title essential occasion within the four-plus yr historical past of the High Rank on ESPN sequence.
Within the 10-round co-feature, rising middleweight contender Janibek “Qazaq Type” Alimkhanuly hopes to proceed his fast stand up the rankings towards former world champion Hassan N’Dam.
Mayer-Hamadouche and Alimkhanuly-N’Dam will stream reside and completely on ESPN+ beginning at roughly 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
Promoted by High Rank, in affiliation with Matchroom Boxing and OPI Since 82, tickets beginning at $25 (not together with charges) are on sale now and will be bought by visiting AXS.com.
“Mikaela Mayer is shortly changing into the face of feminine boxing, and it’s becoming that she’s a part of the primary High Rank on ESPN feminine world championship essential occasion,” mentioned High Rank chairman Bob Arum. “From the second she received her world title, she requested for unification fights and the most important challenges. Hamadouche definitely matches that standards, and he or she’s not coming from France to surrender her title with out one heck of a combat.”
Mayer (15-0, 5 KOs), ranked No. 5 on the ESPN.com pound-for-pound record, rocketed to stardom following her look on the 2016 Rio Olympics. Lower than two years after her August 2017 skilled debut, she shined on the Tyson Fury-Tom Schwarz undercard. In July 2020, Mayer blanked Helen Joseph by unanimous resolution within the first feminine essential occasion for the reason that latest incarnation of High Rank on ESPN boxing premiered in July 2017. On Halloween night 2020, she dominated longtime champion Ewa Brodnicka to earn the WBO title. She made her first title protection in June at Virgin Lodges Las Vegas and turned again two-weight world champion Erica Farias over 10 rounds.
Mayer mentioned, “That is the large combat I’ve wished and the combat that I’ve been working so arduous for. My prior fights have been all necessary as a result of I wanted these wins to get me on this place. However THIS is the combat that may rocket my profession or set me method again, and I’ve no intention of going again. The stakes are excessive, however I’ve labored arduous, and I’m totally ready to capitalize on this chance to turn out to be a unified world champion.”
Hamadouche (22-1, 18 KOs, from Albi, France, has held the IBF title since November 2016, a run that’s included six profitable title defenses and a latest look for her house nation on the Tokyo Olympics. She’s the third longest-reigning world champion in feminine boxing and returns to the professional sport coming off an almost 11-month layoff. Hamadouche knocked out Italian contender Nina Pavlovic final December in Milan, Italy, extending her knockout streak to 4.
Hamadouche mentioned, “I’ll arrive with my belt and go away with hers. My promise is to offer Mikaela Mayer a warfare. She higher begin getting ready to mourn the lack of her title.”
Alimkhanuly (10-0, 6 KOs) is ranked because the No. 2 middleweight by the WBO and returns to Virgin Lodges Las Vegas, the positioning of his breakthrough victory. On June 26, he battered former world champion Rob Brant till Brant’s nook stopped the combat after 8 rounds. From Zhilandy, Kazakhstan, the 2016 Olympian has knocked out 4 straight opponents relationship again to April 2019. N’Dam (38-5, 21 KOs), a 17-year professional from Cameroon, held the WBA middleweight world title in 2017 and challenged for world titles on three different events. After a pair of defeats at tremendous middleweight, N’Dam returns to the middleweight ranks, the place he most just lately defeated the formidable Martin Murray by way of majority resolution.