Featherweight boxers Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner were required to be pulled away by security as the American duo came face to face ahead of this weekend's title unification fight at the O2 in London. After a fiery press conference, the pair almost came close to throwing hands but were separated only until Mayer pulled out a kick amidst the ensuing chaos.
Baumgardner stated that she didn’t get the "resources" and "income" like her opponent as she grew into becoming one of the top fighters of the division. In reply to these comments, Mayer expressed that she was "sick of that narrative" before Baumgardner reinstated her plan to "hurt" her opponent on Saturday.
Mikaela Mayer comes into this fight with a 17-0 with five KOs and will be hoping to clinch the first undisputed champ in her division. She will be putting her WBO/IBF/Ring Magazine junior lightweight titles on the line against the WBC champion. But before the fight, Mayer believes that Baumgardner has taken this fight personally as she has been seeming more emotional and wanted this fight since a long time now.
"That's what it's always been about to me, Baumgardner seems to have taken it all a lot more personally," Mayer told Sky Sports. "She seems very emotional, she seems to hate me a lot, probably because she's been wanting to fight me for a long time because I've always been the No 1 girl of this division in the amateurs and now in the pros", Mayer added further.