Mikaela Mayer hit again at Natasha Jonas’ declare that 147lbs can be a step up too far.
Mayer will struggle Jonas for the latter’s IBF welterweight championship at Liverpool’s M&S Financial institution Enviornment on January 20, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
The American has boxed above super-lightweight as soon as earlier than, in her final bout, however this can be her first contest at 147lbs. Jonas believes her rival will not be prepared for this division.
However Mayer warned: “If she thinks I am too small for that weight I believe she’s going to be stunned when she sees me standing subsequent to her.
“I am large,” she instructed Sky Sports activities. “I’ve moved up slowly over this final yr and I’ve taken the steps in order that I am aggressive and robust like Tasha. However except for that I am nonetheless actually large.
“I tower over her.”
Jonas, who received this title by stoppage, is satisfied her energy will stun the American.
However Mayer insisted: “I spar heavy guys within the fitness center on a regular basis. I spar sturdy ladies too. I do not assume her energy’s going to shock me in any respect. She’s going to be stunned by simply how large and robust I’m. I believe she’s underestimating that.
“She’s very skilled, very achieved. Do I believe she’s harmful? No. I do not assume she’s harmful.
“It is not likely the mindset that I’ve. I believe it will be extra of a strategic struggle as a result of she is a lefty. So there’s going to be a number of technique that goes into that.
“It is an incredible struggle between two fighters which have an in depth novice pedigree, we each have achieved our factor within the execs, been in large world title fights and so it is sensible to offer the followers and provides ladies’s boxing one other well-matched up struggle.”
Mayer maintains that her skill is ranges above any of the opponents Jonas has fought at super-welter or welterweight: “Now she’s going to be preventing a lady at that weight with the talent that I’ve.
“I do assume she’s bought much more flat-footed since she’s gone as much as the heavier weights,” Mayer mentioned of Jonas.
“I am not essentially hopping about on my toes both. Coach Al [Mitchell] tried to get me out of that as I settled into extra of a pro-style. I do not assume she’s as up on her toes as she was when she fought Katie [Taylor] or Terri Harper. However that is what occurs whenever you go up in weight and also you’re extra settled, making an attempt to take a seat in your punches.
“I do assume I will have the pace benefit. I do know I’ve the peak and the size and I understand how to field lengthy. I do know I will have the jab benefit, I will have the higher jab.
“What I lack in energy and dimension, in her eyes, I am undoubtedly going to make up in ring expertise and IQ as a result of she’s by no means fought somebody at that weight of my talent.”