Eddie Hearn’s work to bring a lot of attention to women’s boxing continued last week. It was announced that Matchroom Boxing has signed WBC champion and IBO super featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner to compete in the major competition.
Baumgardner, 27, who won the 2014 National Golden Gloves silver medal, is set to become the undisputed champion after defeating Terri Harper in November.
“2021 was a great year for me,” Baumgardner said. “I did a great job working with Matchroom to win the WBC and IBO international titles in the UK. Signing this partnership enables me to achieve my goal of being undisputed at 130 pounds. To stay on top and stay on top. I continue to be the athlete 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, three of which have been won through TKO. Against Harper in November, Baumgardner beat Harper so hard in the fourth quarter that Harper was paralyzed. The referee stopped the ball, giving Baumgardner the victory.
Baumgardner’s success shook the world of boxing, especially in the super featherweight category. Harper was on the run against WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi. Then he broke his arm before the war started. The winner of the fight would have been the IBF, WBO, and The Ring super featherweight Mikaela Mayer.
Baumgardner and Mayer have been involved in a media war in preparation for the possible controversy. The goal is to win the undisputed crown in 2022. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Choi also has a Matchroom and reservations make fighting easier.
Only a few fighters today can call themselves an undisputed champion. Josh Taylor, Canelo Alvarez, Jessica McCaskill, Claressa Shields and Katie Taylor are on the list. Baumgardner is ready to be added to it.
“Do not doubt that I am the highest dog in my body and it is only a matter of time before I have all the belts to prove,” Baumgardner said. “No one will stand in my way. I have worked hard to keep up the good work. I will continue to make history in boxing.”