Alycia Baumgardner looking to make history after signing with Matchroom Boxing

Eddie Hearn’s mission to draw more eyes to women’s boxing continued this past weekend. It was announced that Matchroom Boxing had signed WBC and IBO super featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner to a multi-fight deal.

The 27-year-old Baumgardner, a 2014 National Gold Gloves silver gold medalist, is on a quest to become an undisputed champion after her dominating win over Terri Harper in November.

“2021 was definitely a breakthrough year for me,” Baumgardner said. “I had a wealth of experience working with Matchroom to win the WBC and IBO world titles in the UK. Signing this agreement with them puts me in a position to achieve my next goal of becoming undisputed at 130 pounds. To be on top It is staying at the top and continuing to be the athlete that I know I am. “

Baumgardner (11-1, seven KOs) made his professional debut in 2017. His only loss came against Christina Linardatou in 2018. He lost the WBC international super featherweight title in the process. Since then, he has won five in a row, with three of those victories by technical knockout. Against Harper in November, Baumgardner hit Harper so hard in the fourth round that Harper froze in place. The referee called off the fight, giving Baumgardner the victory and the titles.

Baumgardner’s victory shook the boxing world, especially in the super featherweight division. Harper was on his way to face WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi. Then he broke his hand before a fight could occur. The winner of that fight would have faced the IBF, the WBO and The Ring’s super featherweight champion, Mikaela Mayer.

Baumgardner and Mayer have engaged in a social media war in preparation for a possible showdown. The goal is to crown an undisputed champion in 2022. It is unknown if Baumgardner will face Mayer immediately; Choi is also with Matchroom and booking that fight could be easier.

Only a few fighters today can be called undisputed champions. Josh Taylor, Canelo Alvarez, Jessica McCaskill, Claressa Shields, and Katie Taylor are on the list. Baumgardner is ready to add.

“I have no doubt that I am the best dog in my weight class and it is only a matter of time before I have all the belts to prove it,” Baumgardner said. “No one will stand in my way. I have worked very hard to stay and make my mark. I will continue to make history in the sport of boxing.”