US Olympic boxer Mayer dom­i­nates her pro de­but

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US Olympic boxer Mikaela Mayer dom­i­nated her pro de­but Satur­day night, stop­ping Wid­nelly Figueroa 75 sec­onds into the first round. Mayer hurt Figueroa with a right hand and fol­lowed with a fin­ish­ing com­bi­na­tion to claim her first pro­fes­sional vic­tory.

“I thought I was go­ing to feel a lit­tle more ner­vous, but I ac­tu­ally felt calm,” Mayer said. Mayer fell one vic­tory short of a medal in Rio de Janeiro, and the 27year-old thought about wait­ing for four more years for an­other shot at a gold medal in Tokyo. In­stead, she turned pro with Top Rank last month and im­me­di­ately se­cured this 132-pound bout in her home­town on the un­der­card of Va­syl Lo­machenko’s 130-pound ti­tle fight with Miguel Mar­riaga.

Mayer’s long­time coach, Al Mitchell, plans to move the fighter among three camps for the next sev­eral months. She will train in North­ern Michi­gan with Mitchell, in Colorado Springs with USA Box­ing coach Kay Koroma, and back home in Los An­ge­les, where she hasn’t lived for sev­eral years.

“I want to get her four or five more fights to get her more pol­ish, and see how she goes the dis­tance,” Mitchell said. Mayer had dozens of friends and fam­ily mem­bers in the Mi­crosoft The­ater. She plans to fight as of­ten as pos­si­ble while work­ing to­ward an even­tual ti­tle shot.

Mayer and Cla­ressa Shields were the only women rep­re­sent­ing the US in the Olympic box­ing tour­na­ment in Rio. Shields, the two-time gold medal­ist, won the WBC su­per mid­dleweight ti­tle Fri­day night with a fifth-round stop­page of Nikki Adler in Detroit.

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