‘I Never Thought I Wanted to Quit’ – Mikaela Mayer Talks About Her Mindset

Published 12/08/2020, 10:34 AM EST
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – JUNE 28: (L-R) Boxer Mikaela Mayer shadowboxes during a workout at Azteca Boxing Gym on June 28, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mayer (5-0, 3 KO) will face Sheena Kaine (5-0, 1 KO) in a 6-Round Lightweight bout at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 30, 2018. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)


Boxing is a sport which breaks barriers and allows one to look differently at the world, and WBO champion Mikaela Mayer knows it all.

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Coming off from a troubled teenage, Mayer found her flow back in life when she entered the squared circle. It has been a different ride for her since then. Now, Mikaela Mayer is the undefeated world champion, who inspires several other women to follow the same path.

One of them might be the 16-year-old Mariah Bahe, who envisions to become the first female Native-American boxer.

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Donning glasses on her eyes, Mariah Bahe appears serene with her persona. But she is a fighter in and out. While she claims to lose hope at times in difficult phases, Mikaela Mayer advises her to sustain the belief.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 14: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Mikaela Mayer looks on during her junior lightweight bout against Helen Joseph (not pictured) at MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom on July 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

The unbeaten female champion newly connected with her via face time and delivered some exceptional advice to the young boxer.

Mikaela Mayer offers gold for the 16-year-old

Bahe discussed her future dreams with Mayer and enquired whether the WBO champion has ever thought of quitting.

Clearly, it was a ‘NO’, but Mayer further advised her to follow the same and never give up on dreaming.

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Speaking on it, Mikaela Mayer said, “If I had to guess, I wouldn’t think that you had that mindset either. I didn’t, I never thought that. No matter what, no matter if I was losing and not doing well. Or things weren’t going right, I just never thought I wanted to quit. I just love the sport way too much. I think that you feel the same way.”

Mayer has had a successful 2020 that saw him become the WBO titleholder with two wins this year. She is now a rising star of Top Rank and has a bright future ahead.

However, she is still untested against many elites, and it guarantees blockbuster nights for her ahead. If Mayer continues to be on her prime form, she has the ability to remain unbeaten throughout. But boxing is an unpredictable sport, and it’s bizarre to predict outcomes.

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Do you think Mayer will continue her reign?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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