Mikaela Mayer has spoken in regards to the “sacrifice” that feminine athletes make with having a household – and why pursuing a profession as a substitute ought to not be seen negatively.
The undefeated WBO super-featherweight champion from America places her belt on the road towards Erica Farias on Sunday morning from 3am, reside on Sky Sports, on Naoya Inoue’s undercard.
She defined her view on what “society” tells females to do: “It is bizarre to suppose I’m making a sacrifice.
“It’s a fair question because there is a biological clock.
“Society says we should discover a mate, get married, have kids.
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“There is an assumption that not having kids or being married is a sacrifice.
“I simply suppose it is humorous to name it a sacrifice to pursue your desires and a profession in your 20s.
“It’s way too premature – in your 20s you are still a kid, still figuring out the world. You need to enjoy your life.
“This is simply my private tackle it.
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“Some people think I am sacrificing having a boyfriend, husband, kids. I think that having kids in your 20s is sacrificing.
“You can do each. But it is extraordinarily laborious as a result of you possibly can’t be as egocentric. To me, that is sacrifice.
“I love my life, it’s awesome, I have fun, I have a career, I travel the world. I’m not missing out on anything.”
Women are at present solely permitted to field two-minute rounds for a most of 10 rounds.
Her promoter Bob Arum stated: “The third minute of a spherical is in all probability probably the most thrilling.
Mikaela Mayer vs Erica Farias reside on Sky Sports on Sunday from 3am
“Women are deprived of that because they are just getting warmed up at the end of the second minute.
“We should foyer the commissions to permit ladies to battle three-minute rounds.”
Mayer noted that the gender pay gap is also an issue: “Why am I going to battle extra whereas I obtain the identical remedy?
Women at present solely field two-minute rounds
“We need to hear that promoters and networks want three-minute rounds because they see the benefit.
“If that grows ladies’s boxing, we’ll do it.”
Is Terri Harper in her sights?
Mayer’s rival champions in the identical division are Terri Harper (WBC), Hyun Mi Choi (WBA) and Maiva Hamadouche (IBF).
Harper lately withdrew from a unification battle with Choi on account of an injured hand.
Terri Harper is WBC super-featherweight champion
“That wasn’t as easy a fight as everybody thought,” Mayer advised Sky Sports. “It would have been a close fight.
“Choi is not technically sound however does let her palms go. There could be a lot of punches exchanged.
“Terri is a little stronger and could land the right shots but they would really go at it in a close, exciting fight.”
Former US Olympian Mayer believes Harper is attempting to achieve useful expertise earlier than they meet within the ring.
“That’s what she has been doing since she became champion,” Mayer stated.
“[Promoter Eddie Hearn] is aware of Terri is not as skilled as a world champion needs to be.
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“Before throwing her in with the cream of the crop, she needs more rounds. She is still young. It’s the right move, a smart idea.
“I’m not holding my breath. It’s clear they may look ahead to Terri to heal up then give her Choi.
“I won’t sit around and wait, I will stay active.”
Mayer expects a completely different world title unification battle later this yr: “I was told Maiva Hamadouche wanted to fight. She said she was available for June 19 but then started training for the Olympic qualifiers!
“We needed that battle. I nonetheless consider it’ll occur however, first, I’ve acquired to get via Farias.
“Farias is a former world champion who has fought Delfine Persoon, Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill twice.”
Watch pound-for-pound star and fearsome puncher Naoya Inoue towards Michael Dasmarinas in a world title battle from Las Vegas on Sunday at 3am, reside on Sky Sports.