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Mikaela Mayer calls out Terri Harper for unification fight

Mayer doesn’t want to wait around for unification, she wants it next.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Mikaela Mayer won her first world title on Saturday, taking the WBO belt with a dominant decision win over Ewa Brodnicka in Las Vegas, and already has her sights set on unification at 130 pounds.

“I definitely want to unify this division. I don’t want to wait around, I don’t want to wait a couple of years to do that. I want to do it right away,” Mayer said on ESPN+ after the fight.

“Terri Harper, you told me to go get a belt. Eddie Hearn, you told me to get a belt. I have the WBO belt now, so let’s make that fight happen. I want Terri Harper next.”

The 30-year-old Mayer (14-0, 5 KO), a former U.S. Olympian, has been aiming for a title fight for some time now, and finally got one when Brodnicka — who signed with Matchroom with the intent to unify against Harper herself — was ordered to defend against the Top Rank standout. The deal got done, Mayer won as she and most expected she would, and now she wants more gold.

Harper (10-0-1, 5 KO) won the WBC belt in February, beating Eva Wahlstrom via clear decision, but went to a tough draw with Tasha Jonas in August, in a fight many felt Jonas deserved to win. She’s now set to face Katharina Thanderz on Nov. 14, which will stream on DAZN as part of a women’s title tripleheader also featuring Katie Taylor.

If Harper gets past Thanderz, there may be a rematch with Jonas waiting. If not, then a Mayer fight would be a good one for both. Mayer has been supremely confident that she’d out-class Harper, a 23-year-old without the experience Mayer has, ever since Harper won her belt in February.

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