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Natasha Jonas vs Mikaela Mayer Preview & Picks – Jonas To Retain IBF World Title Via Decision

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17 Jan 2024
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Leigh Copson 17 Jan 2024
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  • Natasha Jonas vs Mikaela Mayer picks for Saturday, January 20
  • World title fight is taking place at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England
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    Natasha Jonas vs Mikaela Mayer Preview & Picks
  • Natasha Jonas vs Mikaela Mayer Preview & Picks
  • Natasha Jonas Form
  • Mikaela Mayer Form

Natasha Jonas vs Mikaela Mayer Preview & Picks

Natasha Jonas is backed to retain her world title on points.

Jonas has an experience advantage and is showing no signs of slowing down at almost 40 years old.

As a southpaw she will make things awkward for Mikaela Mayer, as she earns the nod from the judges.

  • Natasha Jonas is on a 5-fight win streak
  • 5 of Jonas’ last 7 fights have gone the distance
  • Mikaela Mayer’s sole career defeat came on points

Natasha Jonas Form

Natasha Jonas is the reigning IBF women’s welterweight champion with a career record of 14-2-1 (9 KOs).

Jonas made her professional debut in June 2017 and went on to win nine of her first 10 fights, earning her a world title fight.

She challenged Terri Harper for the WBC and IBO super-featherweight titles in August 2020 and came up painfully short on the night, going to a draw.

The 39-year-old Liverpudlian then took on Irish superstar Katie Taylor in May 2021, and pushed the WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine lightweight champion to the limit in a points defeat.

Jonas has not lost since though, starting a five-fight win streak with a unanimous decision win over Vaida Masiokaite.

She then stopped Chris Namus in the second round to win the vacant WBO super-welterweight title, before adding the WBC belt with a decision win against Patricia Berghult.

Jonas then claimed her third title in the weight class by beating Marie-Eve Dicaire on points to claim the IBF belt in November 2022, before moving into the welterweight division in July of last year.

She made a successful debut at the weight, stopping Kandi Wyatt in the eighth round to win the vacant IBF title.

Mikaela Mayer Form

Mikaela Mayer is a former super-featherweight world champion with a career record of 19-1 (5 KOs).

Mayer made her professional debut in August 2017and went on to win her first 13 fights, earning a world title bout.

She took on Ewa Brodnicka for the vacant WBO super-featherweight title and claimed the crown via unanimous decision.

The 33-year-old American then successfully retained with a points win against Erica Farias, before beating Maiva Hamadouche via decision to add the IBF and Ring Magazine titles.

Mayer successfully defended those three titles with a unanimous decision win over Jennifer Han in April 2022, but that would prove to be her only successful defence. 

She suffered a split decision defeat when she met WBC champion Alycia Baumgardner in a unification fight in October 2022.

Mayer bounced back in 2023 though, earning herself this world title fight with points wins against Lucy Wildheart and Silvia Bortot.

Verdict

Like the bookmakers, we expect this to be a close contest that goes to the final bell.

Jonas has the experience edge and home advantage, and this is Mayer’s first time fighting a southpaw in the professional ranks, so we are backing the champion to retain.

Best Bet1: Natasha Jonas Winner @-138.89 at Stake.us - 4 Units
Best Bet2: Jonas by Decision Method Of Victory @-105.26 at Stake.us - 2 Units
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