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Natasha Jonas vs Mikaela Mayer LIVE: Result tonight as Briton retains title in enthralling bout

Re-live updates after Natasha Jonas defended the IBF welterweight title in her hometown of Liverpool, against America’s Mikaela Mayer

Alex Pattle
Combat Sports Correspondent
Saturday 20 January 2024 23:38 GMT
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Natasha Jonas retained the IBF welterweight title in a thrilling clash with Mikaela Mayer on Saturday, beating her challenger via split decision in Liverpool.

Fighting in front of a hometown crowd, Jonas was forced to dig deep against Mayer, who was making her debut in the division. In the early rounds, Mayer – a former super-featherweight champion – was chasing Jonas, whose wise shot selection and naturally greater power was proving the difference.

However, the American challenger began to find her rhythm as the bout progressed, varying her offence and backing up Jonas, 39. Mayer, 33, seemed to be pulling ahead, leaving Jonas arguably needing to win the final few rounds to emerge from the fight with her championship status intact.

What followed was an enthralling series of rounds, which could have gone either way, as each boxer brutalised the other to the body. Ultimately, Jonas emerged a split-decision winner, as the scorecards read 96-94, 93-97, 96-95 in favour of the two-weight champion.

Re-live updates and results below.

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Here’s our fight report from tonight’s main event:

Natasha Jonas edges past Mikaela Mayer to retain world title in thrilling clash

The Liverpudlian retained the IBF welterweight title with a split-decision win in her hometown

Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:24
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Thank you everyone for following our live coverage of Jonas vs Mayer!

Don’t forget, we’ll be back very shortly with live updates from UFC 297.

Visit the Indy Sport page to follow all the build-up to the main card in Canada!

Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:28
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Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:27
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Jonas entertained the idea of a rematch, but Mayer was naturally the keener of the two.

Both fighters say they’d be open to 12 three-minute rounds, if they were to clash again.

Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:24
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Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:21
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Jonas: “This is probably my last year in boxing, and we want it to be the best chapter in the book.”

Mayer: “I thought I did enough to win. I would’ve given her the first round or two, but after that I think I outpunched her and landed the cleaner shots. Thank you to everyone who showed out tonight. I didn’t have a rematch clause on my side, but I hope we can [do this again].”

Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:12
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Mayer will be gutted, that one really could have gone either way.

Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:10
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Jonas: “I know this girl here, Mikaela Mayer, is going to be absolutely devastated – because I’ve been there.

“Please, please use that as motivation to go on and get the title that you deserve and to become a two-division champion.

“That little bit of fear factor brings out the best in me.”

Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:08
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Jonas: “Me and Ben [Shalom, promoter] know how hard this year has been. We’re so grateful to every single person who spent their money to be in this arena tonight.”

Alex Pattle20 January 2024 23:07
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