Mikaela Mayer vs Christina Linardatou Preview April 15th, 2023
Former WBO and IBF Junior Lightweight Champion Mikaela Mayer of Woodland Hills, California returns to the ring this Saturday, April 15th in London, England against former WBO Super Lightweight Beltholder Christina Linardatou of the Dominican Republic. The 10-round lightweight bout can be seen live in the UK on BT Sport while those in America can catch it on ESPN+. Mayer last boxed in October when dropped a controversial 10-round split decision to Alycia Baumgardner to lose her titles in her only pro defeat. Linardatou last saw action in July when she beat Aleksandra Vujovic by a six-round unanimous decision.
Mikaela Mayer vs Christina Linardatou Betting Odds
- Christina Linardatou +600
- Mikaela Mayer -1000
The 32-year-old Mayer climbs through the ropes with an impressive record of 17-1 with 5 Ko’s and has boxed 124 rounds since turning pro in 2017. She enjoyed a fine amateur career and reportedly went 62-25 while winning the 2012, 2015 and 2016 USA Women’s National Championships Final and finished second in 2014. She also won the 2011, 2013 and 2014 USA Women’s National Golden Gloves Final and took bronze at the 2012 World Championships.
Mayer won the vacant WBC-NABF Female Junior Lightweight Title with an eight-round unanimous decision over Vanessa Bradford in 2018 and won the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight Belt in 2020 with a 10-round unanimous nod over Ewa Brodnicka. She then captured the IBF and Ring Magazine Junior Lightweight Championships in 2021 by beating Maiva Hamadouche by 10-round unanimous decision. Mayer stands 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 66.5-inch reach and has decent power for her division with a current knockout ratio of 27.8 per cent.
Linardatou is 35 years old and fights out of Athens, Greece. She makes her ring walk with a fine mark of 14-2 with 6 Ko’s. She made her pro debut in 2014 and has boxed 98 rounds since. Her first loss came at the hands of Delfine Persoon via a wide 10-round unanimous decision in 2016 in a shot at the WBC Lightweight Title. She also dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to Katie Taylor to lose her WBO Super Lightweight Crown in 2019.
Linardatou captured the WBC International Super Featherweight Title in 2018 with an eight-round split decision over Alycia Baumgardner and then won the WBO Super Lightweight Title a year later with a sixth-round stoppage of Kandi Wyatt. She defended the belt with a unanimous decision over Deanha Hobbs before losing it to Taylor. When Taylor vacated the title, Linardatou regained the vacant belt in 2020 with a unanimous decision over Prisca Vicot.
Linardatou stands 5-feet-4-inches tall with an unlisted reach so gives up five inches in height to Mayer. As far as power goes, she’s above average in the female version of the sport with a current knockout ratio of 37.5 per cent. She’s fought some of the toughest female opponents in Taylor, Persoon and Baumgardner so she shouldn’t be out of her depth against Mayer.
Mayer has the slicker boxing skills and is three years younger than Linardatou. She’s also considered to be one of the elite female boxers in the world and Linardatou isn’t really that far behind. Mayer may not possess as much power as her opponent but if she utilizes her edge in skills, experience and height, she should rebound successfully from her close loss to Baumgardner last year.
Mayer has more overall boxing experience and slightly better skills.
Play: Mayer -1000 @ BetOnline.ag
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