United States-based (US) Nigerian boxer Helena Joseph (17-5-2, 10 KOs) was thoroughly outboxed for 10 rounds by her opponent and Junior Lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer (13-0, 5 KOs) last night 14th July 2020 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Mayer was fighting without her lead trainer, Al Mitchell, who said he tested positive for COVID-19 with Mayer saying after the fight “[Mitchell] is my biggest critic, so even though I won every round, I probably didn’t work the body enough, I abandoned my jab at times, but I think, all in all, he’ll be happy.”
Putting forth a strong and focused exhibition of boxing and combination punching, Mayer began the fight at a fast pace and never let up but was unable to knock out Joseph. After the 10 rounds were up, Judge Julie Lederman scored the contest 99-91, awarding Joseph round two while Judges Dave Moretti and Patricia Morse Jarman each had it a perfect 100-90 in favour of Mayer.
Although defeated Joseph made a bit of history in the process as this was the first time a women’s fight had been the main event for a Top Rank card on ESPN. “[Top Rank promoter Bob Arum] said, ‘Great fight,’ and that the next one will be for the title,” said Mayer. “We’ve been trying to get a world title fight for a while now.”
Originally scheduled as chief support on June 9 and again for this card, the 10-round bout received a last-minute upgrade before Monday’s weigh-in. With it came the first-ever female fight to headline on an ESPN prime telecast, and the first on any ESPN platform since 2007.
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com