Natasha Jonas vs Mikaela Mayer open workout kicks off fight week in Liverpool

Jonas defends IBF welterweight title against former world champion Mayer

Natasha Jonas puts her IBF welterweight title on the line on Saturday, January 20, when she faces Mikaela Mayer at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England. The contest pits British two-division world champion against former unified super featherweight champion of the United States.

Going through the ropes in front of her hometown crowd, 39-year-old Jonas (14-2-1, 9 KOs) makes the first defense of her belt. 33-year-old Mayer (19-1, 5 KOs) of Woodland Hills, California looks to become champion in her new weight class. The world championship bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.

Kicking off the fight week, the fighters held an open workout, showed off their skills and posed for photos in the city.

Natasha Jonas and Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool, England
Natasha Jonas and Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool, England | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Natasha Jonas and Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool, England
Natasha Jonas and Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool, England | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool, England
Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool, England | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Natasha Jonas workout
Natasha Jonas | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Natasha Jonas workout
Natasha Jonas | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Natasha Jonas workout
Natasha Jonas | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Mikaela Mayer workout
Mikaela Mayer | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Mikaela Mayer workout
Mikaela Mayer | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Mikaela Mayer workout
Mikaela Mayer | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER
Mikaela Mayer workout
Mikaela Mayer | Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER

In an-all British rematch, serving as the co-main event, Bolton’s super middleweight Jack Cullen (22-4-1, 10 KOs) defends his British and Commonwealth titles against Zak Chelli (14-2-1, 7 KOs) of London. The pair fought to a split draw in August 2020.

Also on the card, British 2020 Olympic Bronze medallist Karriss Artingstall (5-0, 1 KOs) and Lila dos Santos Furtado (9-1, 1 KOs) of Brazil clash in a six-round bout at featherweight. Kicking off the action, Ireland’s Aaron McKenna (17-0, 8 KOs) defends his WBC International middleweight title against Linus Udofia (19-2, 9 KOs) of Nigeria.

Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a former Muay Thai fighter, sports manager and editor at FIGHTMAG.

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