Two-weight world champion Natasha Jonas ‘set to defend her IBF title against America’s Mikaela Mayer in January’ in huge welterweight showdown
- Natasha Jonas defeated Kandi Wyatt with an eighth round stoppage in July
- She is set to take on fellow former Olympian Mikaela Mayer in January
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Two-weight world champion Natasha Jonas will reportedly defend her IBF welterweight title against Mikaela Mayer at the beginning of next year.
The Liverpudlian defeated Kandi Wyatt in an eighth round stoppage to clinch the vacant IBF welterweight title in July, cementing herself as one of the most decorated British female fighters of her generation.
After already unifying the WBC, WBO and IBF super-welterweight belts, she became a two-weight world champion having stepped down a class to fight the Canadian.
Now, Jonas is set to take on former junior lightweight unified champion Mayer in the UK on January 20, according to ESPN.
Mayer, who has 19 wins and one loss including five KOs, moved up to junior welterweight in September to defeat Silvia Bortot via a 10-round decision.
Natasha Jonas pictured in July after she defeated Kandi Wyatt in an eighth round stoppage
Jonas will reportedly be taking on American Mikaela Mayer at the beginning of next year
She will be doing the same to face Jonas, moving up a weight division again.
After her fight against Bortot, Mayer called out Jonas, saying: ‘I’m ready for that fight. It’s a big jump going from 130 pounds to 147 pounds, but I’m prepared to go to 147 pounds and take on Tasha Jonas straight away.
‘We’re both looking for big fights. We have both solidified our names. Ideally, I would want it next.’
The Californian is currently fourth in the ESPN’s welterweight rankings and sixth in the pound-for-pound rankings, while Jonas is second and ninth respectively.
Both women have also competed in the Olympics, with Jonas making it to the quarter-finals in 2012 before losing to eventual gold medallist Katie Taylor.
Mayer went to Rio four years later, but also failed to make it past the last eight as she lost to Russia’s Anastasia Belyakova by majority decision.
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