Olympic boxer turns pro

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

U.S. Olympic boxer Mikaela Mayer is turn­ing pro. Mayer con­firmed her de­ci­sion Fri­day when pro­moter Top Rank an­nounced her de­but bout, which will oc­cur in down­town Los An­ge­les on Aug. 5. The LA-area na­tive fin­ished one vic­tory shy of a medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, los­ing a tight de­ci­sion in the quar­ter­fi­nals. She won na­tional cham­pi­onships in 2015 and 2016 af­ter fin­ish­ing one vic­tory shy of mak­ing the 2012 U.S. team for the Olympic de­but of women’s box­ing. She plans to con­tinue train­ing with Al Mitchell, the vet­eran am­a­teur box­ing coach and Olympic coach. Mayer and two-time Olympic gold medal­ist Cla­ressa Shields were the only two Amer­i­can women in Rio. Shields turned pro in Novem­ber. She will fight Ger­many’s Nikki Adler for the WBC su­per mid­dleweight ti­tle next month.

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