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Liverpool welterweight Natasha Jonas is reportedly set to defend her IBF title against Mikaela Mayer in her home city in January, according to ESPN.
Jonas claimed the vacant belt in July and looks set to meet former super-featherweight champion Mayer at the M&S Bank Arena on January 20th.
The fight will be Jonas’ fifth consecutive world title fight since moving up three weight divisions to capture the WBO super-welterweight crown in February 2022.
The Liverpudlian then went on to add the WBC and IBF titles at 154lbs later that year before moving down to welterweight and becoming IBF champion against Kandi Wyatt earlier this year.
Mayer is also undergoing the process of moving through weight divisions after initially turning professional at super-featherweight.
The Rio 2016 Olympian became unified champion at 130lbs before losing a narrow decision to rival Alycia Baumgardner in October last year.
She has since won fights at both lightweight and most recently super-lightweight in Manchester where she expressed her desire to face Jonas next.
“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 told Sky Sports.
“That’s definitely the one I want next, and from what I hear she’s game and wants it too.”
Read Michael Rothstein’s full story for ESPN here.