Olympic boxer turns pro
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.