Natasha Jonas retained her world welterweight title with a victory over Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool on Saturday; former world super featherweight champion Mayer believes her performance merited a retaliation clause
11:45, UK, Monday 22 January 2024
Mikaela Mayer has urged Natasha Jonas to give her a rematch after the Brit retained her world welterweight title in a controversial split decision on Saturday.
IBF champion Jonas and former world super featherweight champion Mayer produced an instant classic in an action-packed bout in Liverpool, with many in the ring believing the American had done enough to win.
One judge scored it 97-93 in favor of Mayer, but the other two gave it to Jonas – 96-95 and 96-95 – to give her the partial victory.
While Jonas had a rematch clause she could activate in the event Mayer wins, the challenger does not.
“I think you could see at the end, I thought I did enough to win,” Mayer said. “I would have given her the first round or two, but after that I feel like I passed her and shot cleaner.
“At the end of the day, I think the fight is worth seeing again, as she said, one of the hardest fights she's ever had. I think the fans really enjoyed it.
“I didn't have a rematch clause on my side, but hopefully we can do it again for the fans if they want it.”
“Hopefully, being the champion that she is, she would want to give me a rematch. I didn't have a clause on my side, but the rematch is guaranteed, the fans want to see it.”
Jonas, 39, said she would consider a rematch, but as her career nears its end, she may look for other options.
“Anything is possible,” said the Brit.
“The fights I thought I was going to win tonight leave the door open, obviously for me with so many limited fights left, those are the ones I'm looking for.
“But if the fans want it, I'm always happy to oblige.”
Jonas: Mayer one of my two best rivals
Before Jonas became world champion for the first time in 2022 – at light middleweight – he was cruelly denied by close decisions in title fights against Terri Harper and Katie Taylor.
The former Olympian said she knew how Mayer would feel after being on the wrong end of a close encounter and urged the American to use the loss as motivation going forward.
“I know this girl here is going to be absolutely devastated by this result because I've been there and it feels like the world has ended,” Jonas said.
“She's among my top two people I've fought, she's a very skilled operator, her time will come again. She's beating a lot of champions that are already here.”
“So please use this as motivation to go on and get the title you deserve and become a two-weight world champion.”
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