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Mayer halts Zamora to remain unbeaten in Reno


Mayer halts Zamora to remain unbeaten in Reno

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Mayer halts Zamora to remain unbeaten in Reno

In the co-main event Saturday night in Reno, Mikaela Mayer was on another level stopping Alejandra Zamora after six rounds.

The 2016 U.S. Olympian knocked down Zamora in the first round and from there, preceded to take over the fight, imposing her will over the next five rounds. After the lopsided two-minute period in the sixth round in favor of Mayer, Zamora’s trainer decided she shouldn’t continue and instructed referee Russell Mora to stop their scheduled 10-round, super featherweight fight at Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Mayer (12-0, 5 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, ended a four-fight knockout drought by stopping Argentina’s Zamora (7-4, 1 KO). She also defended her regional NABF 130-pound championship to remain unbeaten. Mayer’s display led to the main event seen on ESPN+ for the vacant WBO Championship between Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez.

The knockdown in the fight happened in the first round when a left-right combination by Mayer had buckled Zamora’s legs and made her fall to the canvas early in the first round. Zamora managed to resist Mayer’s power for the rest of the round to continue.

“I am ready for the next challenge. I want a world title,” said Mayer. “I think that for the last two years I have shown that I am ready for a world title. I have shown it by easily dispatching all the fighters that have been put in front of me. I know I’m ready.”

Eva Wahlstrom is currently the WBC champion at super featherweight and is coming off a very controversial split decision draw back in August against Ronica Jeffrey, which you can see for yourself on the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing archives on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s see if this showing by Mayer, which was a good one, will lend her a title shot against the 38-year-old champion from Finland somewhere down the line in 2020.

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