Rising junior lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer is set to be part of boxing’s return on Tuesday night in Las Vegas, fighting in the Stevenson-Caraballo co-feature live on ESPN, and she and her team are, of course, in Vegas and working through the guidelines set forth by Top Rank and the Nevada commission.
As promised, Top Rank has fighters and their teams quarantined for COVID-19 caution.
“We’re checked in at the MGM Grand, we’re all quarantined on the same floor,” she said from her room in her Instagram story. “We’re not allowed to leave except for our designated training times, and I can hear Coach Al (Mitchell)’s voice through the walls, so that’s not ideal.”
The 29-year-old Mayer (12-0, 5 KO) didn’t seem to be truly complaining, as it’s hard to get tone through in text, but this is no doubt an odd situation for herself and any other fighter. But that’s what we’re doing right now, so that boxing can come back to our screens for the first time in about three months. It is, as the say, what it is, at least for now.
Mayer, a former U.S. Olympian, will be facing Helen Joseph (17-4-2, 10 KO) in a 10-round fight on Tuesday night, and Bad Left Hook will be here for full live coverage starting at 7 pm ET.
If successful on Tuesday, expect Mayer to try and pursue one of the 130-pound titles as soon as she can. She’s already had some back-and-forth with England’s Terri Harper, who holds the WBC belt. The other titlists are France’s Maiva Hamadouche (IBF), Poland’s Ewa Brodnicka (WBO), and South Korea’s Hyun Mi Choi (WBA), so travel will make it tough to get a title fight soon, unless things chance.