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The main event boxing match this weekend in the UK will be this women’s welterweight showdown between IBF champion Natasha Jonas and pound-for-pound ranked Mikaela Mayer trying to become champion in a brand new weight class.
Let’s take a closer look at this bout and determine what the Jonas vs Mayer betting prediction should be on this weekend’s boxing slate.
Jonas became a two-weight world champion last summer as Mayer won a world title two weight classes below where this one will be contested. Will the big weight change have any impact on Mayer? Will the 39-year-old have the power and game plan to get her biggest win of her career against Mayer?
|NATASHA JONAS vs MIKAELA MAYER
|Location of the Game: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
|Date and Time: January 20, 2024 – 5 PM ET estimated ring walk
|Reason: IBF welterweight title bout
|How to watch: ESPN+
AI Betting Picks
|AI BETTING PICKS
|Over 8.5 Rounds (-850)
|Mikaela Mayer (-115)
For the official Jonas vs Mayer betting prediction, Mayer will get the victory and she will walk out as a world champion on UK soil. She is confident in these big moments and seemingly feels the best she ever has at this weight.
This is a boxing computer pick that you need to have confidence in the weight gain for Mayer. She says she feels great and will be at her best, and we believe her.
The boxing ability is clearly on Mayer’s side, but Jonas is a tough woman who will be coming forward trying to knock Mayer out cold on the canvas. This is the biggest fight of Jonas’ career and Mayer has simply been in much bigger. In summary, will that impact Mayer’s performance positively or negatively?
It can be a positive thing to fight with confidence and be free in the ring. Expect Mayer to fight behind a good jab and catch Jonas coming into range with sharp counters.
Jonas vs Mayer Odds
Starting with Jonas vs Mayer betting lines, this fight is heavily favored to make it to the scorecards and go to a decision at -850. The o8.5 round total is also favored at -950–meaning that oddsmakers expect this fight to go to a decision.
The Natasha Jonas odds have her as the slight betting favorite at -140 going into her first title defense at welterweight. You can also get her winning by KO at +880 and decision at +106.
According to boxing odds, Mayer is the +110 underdog as she fights at 12lbs heavier than she has in the past. Also, you can get her winning by KO at +880 as well and by decision at +164.
Jonas is a British boxer with a 14-2-1 professional record, including 9 KO victories under her belt at the age of 39. Six of her last 7 bouts have been for a world title and this will be the 7th title fight since 2021–she isn’t new to big boxing events like this one. Also, Jonas is a 5’8” southpaw with a 68” reach.
Mayer is an American boxer with a professional record of 19-1 with 5 wins by KO at the age of 33. Before turning professional, she won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships in the light welterweight division and competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics for Team USA.
Mayer is a 5’9” orthodox fighter with a 66 ½” reach. She seems like the bigger fighter but her height and reach are very similar to Jonas on paper–that will be an interesting factor to see in the ring. The recent Mikaela Mayer results are 7-1 in her last 8 bouts with zero KOs.