Mikaela Mayer can be making the third protection of her junior light-weight title towards Jennifer Han on Saturday.
Mikaela Mayer (16-0, 5 KOs) vs. Jennifer Han (18-4-1, 1 KOs)
- Date: Saturday, April 9
- Time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
- The place: The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California
- TV/Stream: ESPN, ESPN+
- Division: Junior light-weight
- Rounds: 10 (two-minute rounds)
- At stake: Mayer’s IBF and WBO titles
- Pound-for-pound rating: None
- Odds: Mayer 3½-1 favourite
- Additionally on the cardboard: Giovani Santillan vs. Jeovanis Barraza, welterweights; Jason Maloney vs. Francisco Pedroza, bantamweights; Andrew Moloney vs. Gilberto Mendoza, junior bantamweights
- Prediction: Mayer UD
- Background: Mayer, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, has established herself as one of many prime feminine fighters on the planet. She received the vacant WBO title by almost shutting out Ewa Brodnicka in October 2020, efficiently defended it by outpointing Erica Farias eight months later after which including the IBF belt to her assortment by decisioning Maiva Hamadouche in a taxing brawl this previous November. If Mayer beats Han, she’ll have in her sights the winner of a tentative bout between fellow titleholders Terri Harper (WBC) and Hyun Mi Choi (WBA) for all-four main belts. Mayer can be a candidate to face the winner of the April 30 showdown between light-weight titleholder Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano. Han is coming off a shutout loss to Taylor in September, her first setback since 2014. The 38-year-old Texan had been combating at 126 earlier than transferring as much as 135 for her final two fights. She’ll now transfer again right down to 130, a weight at which she fought early in her profession.