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  Mikaela Mayer Makes Most Of Main Event

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


Testing positive for Covid-19 a few weeks ago gave Super Featherweight Mikaela Mayer (13-0, 5 KO’s) more time to get ready for her opponent Helen Joseph (17-5-2, 10 KO’s). That extra time proved to be more than enough as Mayer made the best of her moment in the ESPN spotlight.

Mayer used her length and athleticism to completely dominate a foe some said would be her toughest test to date. Joseph plodded in all night long as Mayer peppered her with long jabs and great combinations. It looked too easy for Mayer but with the prospect of a title shot in the near future maybe we will get to see her in there with someone who can handle her game…or not.

After a fight like that I would normally say “so and so” pitched a shut out on the scorecards but somehow one judge actually gave Joseph a round. That being said, Mayer took a unanimous decision with final scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.

Turning into a quote machine after the fight Mayer had some things to say. On her Head Coach, Al Mitchell, who could not attend the fight she said, “He’s 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.”

On what Bob Arum said to her after the fight Mayer shared, “Bob said, ‘Great fight,’ and that the next one will be for the title. We’ve been trying to get a world title fight for a while now. I said, ‘Don’t let Eddie Hearn “outbid” us.”

If anyone is making the most of the opportunity “The Bubble” provides it's Middleweight Clay Collard (8-2-3, 4 KO’s) who decimated Lorawnt T Nelson (5-4, 4 KO’s) in the semi-main event. Collard, dropped Nelson numerous times on his way to another fan pleasing victory. Now 2-0 in “The Bubble”, Collard is sure to be back in there before the summer is over. Officially the fight was stopped at the 1:57 mark giving “Cassius” Clay Collard the TKO victory.

With his confidence soaring Collard stated, “I showed my boxing skills in there tonight. I’m unorthodox, but I get the job done. As soon as Top Rank wants me back, I’ll be ready. Next month on ESPN, let’s go! This whole ‘A-side’ and ‘B-side’ thing doesn’t matter to me. I’m a fighter. I’ll fight anybody.”

Lightweight Ruben Cervera (12-2, 10 KO’s) clipped Clay Burns (9-9-2, 4 KO’s) in the first seconds of round one with a shot that put Burns down. With that 10-8 round under his belt Cervera was able to hold off the never say die Burns over the next five rounds. Burns gave Cervera reason for concern with his awkward style but was unable to stop Cervera from staying in control. After the sixth round bout came to it’s conclusion Cervera was awarded a unanimous decision victory with scores of 58-56 & 59-54 twice.

It was a systematic and controlled performance by Super Middleweight Javier Martinez who was making his Pro-Debut against a solid Jonathan Burrs (2-2). The highly touted southpaw showed the poise of a veteran as he boxed superbly against an opponent that was more than just a body to get a victory over. Burrs gave it a good go but he just was not on the level of Martinez who should be a fighter to keep an eye on as his career flourishes. It was unanimous on the scorecards, 40-36 across the board in favor of Martinez.


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