Top Rank Signs Mikaela Mayer

By Caryn A. Tate on July 15, 2017
Top Rank Signs Mikaela Mayer
Mikaela Mayer has turned professional, signing an exclusive agreement with Top Rank.

“She’s a dazzling technical boxer, works harder than anyone I know, and is going to be a world champion…”

U.S. Olympic standout Mikaela Mayer has turned professional, signing an exclusive promotional agreement with Top Rank. Mayer, a Los Angeles native, will have her pro debut at home on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga title bout on Saturday, August 5. Mayer’s first pro fight will be a four-rounder with a 132-pound limit.

Mayer is managed by George Ruiz, CEO of Intelligent Arts & Artists, and trained by Al Mitchell and Kay Koroma. Mikaela’s amateur résumé is an impressive one which includes being a 2016 champion in the USA Boxing Elite Nationals, the America Olympic Qualifiers, and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she advanced to the women’s lightweight quarterfinal, one fight short of the medal round, before losing a debatable majority decision to Russia’s Anastasia Beliakova.

“Mikaela’s talent and personality translates to unique marketability,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “Not only are we confident she will succeed as a professional fighter but she will elevate the women’s boxing category. Fighting at an elite level as an amateur has prepared her for transitioning to the professional ranks.”

“As much as I loved competing for Team USA,” Mayer said, “I am incredibly excited for this next step in my career. When I sat down with Top Rank, they were the first promotion company that truly made me feel like they shared my vision for how I could help grow the sport.

“Having the best promoter in the world supporting and believing in not just me, but in women’s boxing, is the fulfillment of a dream that began when I first put on boxing gloves. I am thrilled about our new partnership and the possibilities of what we can accomplish on this journey together. I can’t wait for my debut and look forward to the challenges of this transition. I’ve been very focused on the differences between fighting pro vs. amateur and I’m eager to get in there, test myself on this new stage and showcase my skills. I haven’t fought much in the United States in the last three years let alone in my hometown. In fact, I don’t think I have competed in LA since my first handful of fights back in 08’. It’s going to feel great to be back in my hometown where family and friends can watch me fight in person.”

“I had never trained a female boxer before I decided to train Mikaela,” said her trainer, Al Mitchell, “and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my coaching career. Mikaela came to me pretty green, and I immediately saw her determination, dedication, and attitude that doesn’t come along all that often in a young person. She had a goal in mind, a sense for how to manage her time, and dedicated herself to the plans she made to achieve those goals. She was always working hard, and listening to how she could make herself a better athlete, and a champion boxer. I truly believe that Mikaela is ready to become a professional boxer; she is greatly respected in her sport, not only in the U.S, but by boxers, coaches, fans, and the press as well. I believe that she can help grow the sport of women’s boxing tremendously, because of her popularity in the sport, and her superior talent. She was always working hard, and listening to how she could make herself a better athlete, and a champion boxer.”

“Mikaela walked in to my office just after the 2012 Olympic Trials,” recalled   I knew she was a star within five minutes of meeting her,” said her manager George Ruiz.  “She promised me then she’d get to the top of her sport.  We’ve worked closely all throughout her brilliant amateur career and the Rio Olympics, so when Mikaela decided to turn pro, I knew signing with Top Rank was the best way to showcase her skills and elevate the sport of women’s boxing. She’s a dazzling technical boxer, works harder than anyone I know, and is going to be a world champion.”

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