We’ve talked a fair bit about the 130 lb division being at least one of the best in women’s boxing today, with four titleholders who could make for some really good fights in any of the mix-and-match combos.
And it looks like we’re definitely getting one of them, which has been rumored for a few days. WBO titleholder Mikaela Mayer says she’s got a deal — and has had one — to unify with IBF titleholder Maiva Hamadouche:
Deal was made for #mayerhamadouche weeks ago so get ready.— Mikaela Mayer (@MikaelaMayer1) June 22, 2021
And if you had any doubt, Hamadouche’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Top Rank’s Carl Moretti publicly confirmed it’s a done deal:
Same. Should be an excellent unification bout.— Carl Moretti (@CarlMoretti) June 22, 2021
Have to agree with both, this is a terrific fight, can’t wait to get a date for it out there and know when we’ll see it. Mayer (15-0, 5 KO) is, I would say, the most technically sound of the 130 lb titleholders. She’s tall, well-schooled, uses her jab and reach, and has been able to control the tempo and range of her 15 pro fights to date.
Then there’s Hamadouche (22-1, 18 KO), who has a meaner style, definitely not as technically sound, but brings the sort of heat you have to respect — what you might call more of a “Mexican style,” or a pit bull sort of style. Of the four titlists, she’s the shortest at 5’4”, but might be the physically strongest, too. She’s one of the better punchers in women’s boxing pound-for-pound.
I love this fight, I’m glad Top Rank and Matchroom got the deal done, and I can’t wait to see it.