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Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche negotiating May unification

Mayer holds the WBO super featherweight belt, Hamadouche the IBF

Naoya Inoue v Jason Moloney Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Sky Sports’ recent piece on Terri Harper’s quest for undisputed super featherweight supremacy features a couple of interesting tidbits. For one, she’s agreed to terms to face unbeaten WBA champ Hyun Mi Choi. For two, WBO champion Mikaela Mayer and IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche are in talks to duke it out this upcoming May.

Per Christian Cherchi, who co-promotes Hamadouche (22-1, 18 KO) alongside Matchroom:

“We are in talks with Matchroom, with Top Rank, for a possible unification fight for next May in the United States. But nothing is set for the moment, we are in negotiations. Hamadouche, she wants a unification fight. She was ready to fight the WBA champion and Terri Harper as well. It is the natural fight (undisputed), we have to do it. It only makes sense to do these two fights to have an undisputed champion.”

Bob Arum revealed a plan to stage Top Rank/Matchroom crossover bouts on the hypothetical Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua undercard earlier this week, and this would seem to be a perfect fit.

Mayer (14-0, 5 KO) thwarted Matchroom’s attempt to secure all four super featherweight titles by dominating Ewa Brodnicka for the belt Brodnicka lost on the scales. She already made clear her willingness to tangle with Hamadouche, whose finishing ability makes her a far more potent threat than Brodnicka.

As Scott pointed out, this is an excellent fight in an excellent division. Here’s hoping we see it.

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