Mikaela Mayer has never shied away from her war of words with Alycia Baumgardner.
The two Americans are fighting to unify the WBO, IBF and WBC super featherweight world titles on Claressa Shields’ undercard against Savannah Marshall on October 15. live of sky sports.
They forged a fierce rivalry themselves. “It comes with the territory. It’s a lot of drama. It’s a lot of stuff that I would normally apologize for in my day-to-day life,” Mayer said. sky sports.
“But I understand it’s part of the job and it comes with the territory because it’s entertainment. So I embrace it in that sense but I do it for a reason.”
She explained the roots of the hostility between the two champions. “She got the [WBC] belt so I started calling him. That’s it,” Mayer said.
“She didn’t like it. Some people, I guess, that’s how they build themselves, that’s how they brag. That’s what they have to do to believe in themselves- same.
“It’s not me. I smile most of the time. My confidence comes from the work I’ve done in the gym, in my training camp and in my team. The confidence that my team inspires in me thanks to a hard work and constant correction and adjustments and criticism from my team. That’s where my confidence comes from. She gets away with it, I don’t know.
“She called me a hater, but that’s her. She’s so mad. I don’t know what’s wrong with her.”
Mayer bitterly objected to what Baumgardner called her “pampered” by her platform with promoter Top Rank and US broadcaster ESPN. But Mayer points out that she has earned this position, especially by becoming an Olympian and with her performances in the ring.
“Nowhere in my history has anything been handed to me,” Mayer said. “I started late. I just worked hard. Literally in the gym and in the restaurant as a waitress trying to stack my money to make sure I got access to those tournaments.
“Going to school, going to the gym, then running a bar and serving till late, early in the morning, I’ve been doing that for years, hoarding the money to go to these tournaments, making sure I don’t miss them. I don’t have no matter what it takes,” she continued.
“There were four of us crammed into a hotel room, splitting the costs of everything. Going to Walmart and filling our fridge with all the food for the week so we didn’t have to go out and eat. We’ve been doing this for years. There was no privilege there. [For] us women of that time there was no privilege there. We just had to hurry up, show up and win.”
Mayer is convinced, however, that these harsh experiences have made her a more formidable fighter.
“I never heard of her as an amateur,” she said. “I’m just saying facts. She thinks she’s being disrespected but it’s just true.
“She was never in the national team with me or in training camp when they brought in numbers three and four, I had never heard of her. That’s not me who hates it, it’s me telling you the facts. I’m very surprised that she had had 165 amateur fights because I had never heard of her.
“I don’t hate. I say you didn’t fight anybody in the pros – look at her [on] Boxrec. The girls she knocked out, [most of them] have a losing record. Most of the people on his resume have a losing record. I don’t think it has been tested. If that’s all the fights she could get, great, but the thing is, you haven’t been tested like I was tested.
“Again, the facts, if you don’t like the way this sounds, I’m sorry, it’s just true. You don’t have the experience of the opponents I’ve had. It’s not so no disrespect. These are just facts.”