After losing by a split decision against Alycia Baumgardner in a bout for unification of their respective world titles, Mikaela Mayer said, “I think I won” and demanded a rematch.
After a close fight, two judges scored it 96-95 for Baumgardner, while the third judge scored it 97-93 for Mayer, who was stunned. Baumgardner added the WBO and IBF titles to her already existing WBC super-featherweight crown.
Mayer, speaking to Sky Sports for the first time since the fight, remains steadfast in her belief that she did enough to deserve the victory at The O2.
“I do believe I won strongly,” Mayer said. “I was very confident, my corner was confident, and you know my corner, my coach, he doesn’t mess around and he tells me the truth.
“We stuck to the game plan, I was out-boxing her and I clearly believe I won that decision. It is disappointing.
“I still want Katie Taylor, I still feel I deserve that,” she added. “She (Baumgardner) knows she lost, I genuinely believe that she knows that she lost but I think it is going to change because where else is she going to get that kind of money and the fans want to see it?