BOXXER have announced that IBF welterweight champion Natasha Jonas will defend against America’s Mikaela Mayer in Liverpool on January 20th.

The fight will be Jonas’ first defence of the vacant title she won with an eighth-round stoppage of Kandi Wyatt in July.

Super-middleweights Jack Cullen and Zak Chelli will also rematch on the undercard following their split-decision draw in August 2020.

The card will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Jonas seeks first defence against Mayer

Jonas returns to Liverpool for the first time against Mayer after becoming the city’s first ever two-division champion in July.

Both expressed their desire for a fight following the latter’s victory in Manchester two months ago and will now go head-to-head at the M&S Bank Arena.

Jonas climbed three divisions in February 2022 to collect the WBO super-welterweight title before adding the WBC and IBF belts later that year.

The 39-year-old moved back down to 147lbs for the Wyatt fight and dominated the Canadian before forcing a stoppage in the eighth round.

Jonas is the first two-division champion to fight out of Liverpool. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER.

Mayer has also been climbing through the weight divisions after holding world titles at super-featherweight between 2020 and 2022.

The Rio 2016 Olympian lost a narrow split-decision to Alycia Baumgardner for the IBF, WBC and WBO belts in October last year before moving up to lightweight in her next bout where she defeated Lucy Wildheart over ten rounds.

She then moved up again to 140lbs where she ran out a comfortable winner on points in her fourth consecutive fight on UK soil in September which saw her call for a showdown with Jonas post-fight.

“I’ve been preparing my body to go up, it’s a big jump going from 130 to 147. It takes time to do what I did [by] keeping my body down at that weight for so many years, but I’ve already been working on it and I’m prepared to go to 147 and take on Natasha Jonas right away,” she said.  

“That’s definitely the one I want next, and from what I hear she’s game and wants it too.”

Mayer is set for her fourth consecutive fight on UK soil against Jonas. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER.

Cullen defends British and Commonwealth in Chelli rematch

Three-and-a-half years on from their first encounter, Little Lever’s Jack Cullen and London’s Zak Chelli will come face-to-face once again at super-middleweight.

The stock of both men has risen since that fight in August 2020 with Cullen overcoming John Docherty and Avni Yildirim in the two fights following the draw with Chelli.

Defeat for the European title and then to top prospect Diego Pacheco were followed by a third-round stoppage of Mark Heffron to become British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion in September.

Chelli also impressed with a ten-round unanimous decision victory over Germaine Brown to become English champion before dominating American Anthony Sims Jr eight months later.

The 25-year-old was however upset by Mark Jeffers over ten to surrender his English title in September but has since rebounded with a four-round points victory at York Hall.

Cullen raised eyebrows with a third-round TKO of Heffron in September. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER.

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