Naranjito, Puerto Rico – The World Boxing Organization (WBO), chaired by Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq. held this afternoon the official belt presentation ceremony dedicated to new WBO Junior Lightweight Female World Champion, Mikaela Mayer (14-0, 5 KOs), from California.

During the event, a special recognition award was given to Super Middleweight sensation Edgar Berlanga (15-0, 15 KOs), of New York.

Former World Champions José Pedraza and Alex ‘El Nene’ Sánchez presented Mayer with the world title belt she officially won last Saturday in Las Vegas, by defeating five-time defending WBO World Champion Ewa Brodnicka, of Poland, via unanimous decision.

“She deserves it,” Valcarcel, Esq. said, “She was an Olympian, she has beaten several Puerto Ricans boxers like Kiria Tapia in the amateurs. She is an incredible person and has a great desire to be a world champion. She always told me of her interest in fighting for the title and she made it in a big way against Ewa Brodnicka, who at the time had five successfully world title defenses. It’s a great pleasure and honor to have Mikaela Mayer here”.

Mikaela Mayer:

“My opponent left the belt in the dressing room in fight night. Been here definitely made it very special and thank you all for having me here. I’m enjoying this little trip and excited to represent women’s boxing and the WBO World Champions”.

Berlanga, ranked ninth in the Super Middleweight Division by the WBO, was awarded a special WBO mini belt at the event for his spectacular ring performance. The knockout artist has been victorious in all of his fights via KO in the very first round. Three of his opponents had never been knocked before facing him. Berlanga’s power has been evident, drawing the attention of the fans and the world of entertainment.

“Berlanga has to be a super gifted athlete because having all of his knockout wins in the first round at Super Middleweight says a lot. We are recognizing him on this day to give him motivation and he has a future in our organization. If he matures as he looks, we may have a world champion in the future. The sky is the limit for you,” Valcárcel, Esq. said.

“Thank you all for being here. WBO, Paco, thanks for everything, and soon I will arrive on the island with the world title,” Berlanga said.

The event took place at the Atirantado Bar & Grill, located in the city of Naranjito, Puerto Rico.

Photos by Victor Planas

Mikaela Mayer called for a world title bout for quite some time. When that time came, she took advantage of the opportunity. Mayer defeated Ewa Brodnicka by unanimous decision (100-88 2x and 99-89 ) to win the WBO female junior lightweight world title, a dominant outing for the 2016 Olympian.

Brodnicka (19-1, 2 KOs) lost her world title on the scale Friday after missing weight by .1 pounds, an unfortunate end to a title reign that included five successful defenses. The scores were indicative of the bout’s one-sidedness, and Brodnicka had insult added to injury when she was deducted points for holding in the sixth and seventh rounds. Mayer (14-0, 5 KOs), a Los Angeles native, has other big names on her radar.

Mayer said, “Like {head trainer} Coach Al {Mitchell} said, her holding and her movement was a little tricky for me to catch on to. I still feel like I did win every round. There were definitely some things I could’ve done a little bit better, but ultimately it was a good learning fight.

“I definitely want to unify this division. I don’t want to wait around. I don’t want to take a couple of years to do it. I want to do it right away. So, {WBC champion} Terri Harper told me to get a belt. Eddie Hearn told me to get a belt. I have the WBO belt now, so let’s make that fight happen. I want Terri Harper next.”

Photos by M. Williams / Top Rank

WBO Female Junior Lightweight World Champion Ewa Brodnicka (19-0, 2 KOs) faces mandatory challenger Mikaela Mayer (13-0, 5 KOs) on Saturday at The Bubble.

Brodnicka-Mayer world title bout to stream LIVE Saturday on ESPN+ starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

Mikaela Mayer:
“I feel great. I feel like I’m deserving. I’ve been the No. 1 contender for a long time. This fight will put me a step {closer to} my goal.”

“I think that she is concerned. She has never been in the ring with someone like me.”

“This is a team effort. We have been together for a long time. It started 11 years ago with the Olympic trials. It will mean a lot to me to make {head trainer} Al {Mitchell} proud on Saturday night.”

Ewa Brodnicka
“She is the No.1 contender, but I think this fight was going to happen anyway.”

“I brought my belt just to show it to you. Look at it. I didn’t bring this belt to give it to you. That’s not happening. For sure.”

“I have a lot of things against me. But I’m ready. I don’t care if she says that she doesn’t respect me. She makes a lot of mistakes, and I’m going to take advantage of all of them.”

Photos: M. Williams / Top Rank

LAS VEGAS (September 29, 2020) —Mikaela Mayer called on the junior lightweight world champions for a fight. One of them was mandated to answer.

WBO female junior lightweight world champion Ewa Brodnicka will make the sixth defense of her title in a 10-round showdown against mandatory challenger Mayer on Halloween evening, Saturday, Oct. 31 from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center. Brodnicka-Mayer will serve as the chief support bout to WBA/IBF bantamweight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue’s title defense against Jason “Mayhem” Moloney.

Inoue-Moloney and Brodnicka-Mayer will headline an evening of boxing live and exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

“After Mikaela’s last performance, I promised her a world title fight. She’s asked to fight the champions, and I am confident she will make a statement to the rest of the women in and around her weight class,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We’ve watched her progress since her pro debut, and she has turned into one of the premier fighters in female boxing. This WBO belt will be the first of many world titles for Mikaela.”

Frank Smith, CEO of Matchroom Boxing, Brodnicka’s co-promoter, said: “We’re happy to be working with our friends at Top Rank on another great fight. Ewa Brodnicka has proved herself to be one of the best 130-pound fighters on the planet with five defenses of her WBO world title, and I’m backing her to make it six successful defenses when she meets the undefeated Mikaela Mayer on Oct. 31. This is a top matchup at a time when women’s boxing grows from strength to strength.”

Brodnicka (19-0, 2 KOs), from Poland, has fought all of her pro bouts in her home country and has gone the 10-round distance on 10 occasions. She participated in the final world title bout before the COVID-19 pandemic March 7, winning a unanimous decision over Djemilla Gontaruk in Dzierżoniów, Poland. Before capturing world title honors at junior lightweight, Brodnicka reigned as European lightweight champion.

Brodnicka said, “I am excited that my title defense against Mikaela is happening in America, where I’ve always wanted to fight. I am more than ready for this opportunity, and I would like to thank my promoters, Eddie Hearn and Mariusz Grabowski, for helping make this fight a reality.”

Mayer (13-0, 5 KOs), from Los Angeles, turned pro under the Top Rank banner almost one year after representing the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She made her pandemic return July 14 and bested two-time world title challenger Helen Joseph over 10 rounds. Matchroom Boxing announced it had signed Brodnicka to a promotional contract on Aug. 6, but later that day, the WBO ordered Brodnicka to defend her world title against Mayer.

“I’ve made huge improvements to my boxing skills over the last 10 months. You saw some of it in my last fight against Helen Joseph, but I’ve reached a whole new level this fight camp,” Mayer said. “I’m more than prepared for this WBO world championship fight, and I will absolutely be going home with the belt. This fight will not go the distance. Ewa Brodnicka is not on my level, and her time is up. Tune in and watch me bring the championship belt to ESPN and Top Rank.”

Undefeated WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Ewa Brodnicka has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and has targeted a unification clash with the winner of Terri Harper vs. Natasha Jonas.

Poland’s Brodnicka (19-0, 2 KOs), a former European Lightweight Champion, outpointed Irma Balijagic Adler to land the interim WBO Super-Featherweight World Title in May 2017 before capturing the full crown against Sarah Pucek in Czestochowa a year later.

‘Kleo’ has made five successful defences of her title, all in Poland, most recently decisioning Belgium’s Djemilla Gontaruk in March, and the 36-year-old is determined to get her hands on Harper’s WBC and IBO belts.

Brodnicka is the latest addition to Matchroom’s unrivalled stable of women’s boxing talent that includes Undisputed Lightweight World Champion Katie Taylor and Undisputed Welterweight ruler Cecilia Braekhus, amongst a host of other top contenders.

“I’m delighted to team up with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing,” said Brodnicka. “Women’s boxing is on fire right now and I want to be in all the big fights starting with the unification match up between the winner of Harper and Jonas. I’m excited for the future and can’t wait for my return to the ring.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Ewa to the team” said Eddie Hearn. “This sets up a huge unification fight between the winner of Terri Harper vs. Natasha Jonas at Fight Camp at a time where women’s boxing continues to go from strength to strength.”

Ewa Brodnicka successfully defended her WBO Jr. Lightweight World title. Moving to 19-0, Brodnicka defeated Djemilla Gontaruk via a unanimous decision. Scorecards: 99-91, 99-91 and 100-90

Gontaruk dropped a seventh loss in her 25th bout with the reverse. Brodnicka has now made five defenses of the strap.

Ewa Brodnicka – Djemilla Gontaruk is a fight of the evening at Tymex Boxing Night 11. Will the Polish woman once again defend the belt of the WBO world champion in the junior lightweight category?. The event will be broadcast live by Polsat Sport TV on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Ewa Brodnicka is unbeatable in the professional ring. The Polish woman fought eighteen duels, of which sixteen won by decision and twice by knockouts.

Ewa Brodnicka’s rival will be Djemilla Gontaruk from Belgium. She was the European champion who has a balance sheet of 16-6-2 fights (two wins by KO). The EBU belt won by Gonatruk is the biggest achievement of her, nicknamed “The Pitbull”. In 2019, Gontaruk fought three matches, of which she won two. First she turned out to be better than Karina Kopińska, and recently – on November 23, 2019, she defeated the Italian woman Angela Cannizzaro. In both cases, she won after unanimous judicial decisions. In the meantime, “The Pitbull” lost to another Italian – Silvia Bortrot duel for the title of European champion (unanimous decision).

The fight of the evening at Tymex Boxing Night 11 in Dzierżoniów: Ewa Brodnicka – Djemilla Gontaruk will take place on Saturday, March 7. The competition will start around 22:30. Will the Polish woman once again defend her belt in a skirmish with an experienced opponent?

WBO Jr. Lightweight Female Champion Ewa Brodnicka (17-0, 2KO) will face former unified champion Edith Soledad Matthysse (16-10-1, 1KO).

This contest will take place on October 4 in Hala Sportowa, Czestochowa, Poland.

The 35-year old fighter from Poland is one of the reasons the division is exciting. She will be making her fourth title defense since winning the belt in 2018. She was elevated to full champion when German Ramona Kuehne vacated the title in 2018 to make the move to lightweight.

The all-action aggressive style of the champion will undoubtedly make this a very good fight to watch.

Matthysse, age 38, is a very tough competitor with a deceiving record. She brings an overwhelming amount of experience to the table.

The tough Argentinian has shared the ring with some of the best in the business. That list features Jackie Nava, Marcela Eliana Acuna, Yazmin Rivas and Jelena Mrdjenovich. This experience should prove valuable going into a fight against a challenger coming of a two fight win streak.


Brodnicka has never fought outside of Poland. Also, she was part of the support team for Tomas Adamek when he fought Jarrell Miller back in 2018.

Matthysse, is the sister to former WBA “regular” welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Additionally, her claim to fame was when she defeated Mrdjenovich in 2015 by a highly unlikely unanimous decision to become the unified Jr. Lightweight champion. She would go on to lose the immediate rematch.

This has the makings of an exciting fight, as both women have that aggressive, come-forward style and finish every combination with a body shot.

This women division is deep with mouth watering unification match-up possibilities.

Hopefully, as the year closes, we will see at least one take place to provide some clarity.


#Poland #AndStill WBO Jr. Lightweight Female World Champion Ewa Brodnicka (17-0, 2 KO), of Poland, defeated Janeth Pérez (24-4-2, 6 KO), of México, via majority decision at the Jelenia Gora Coliseum. Scorecards: 97-93, 95-95 & 96-94. Promoter: Tymex Boxing Promotion. TV: Poland PolSat Sport HD

The 10-round fight was a tight, nervy affair with the aggressive Mexican pushing forward most of the night but getting picked off by the more technical Pole with her jab. Brodnicka was taller than her opponent and used sharp footwork to keep her distance, forcing Perez to lunge in and expose herself.

The victory takes the unbeaten Pole to 17 wins in 17 fights, and she now must be eyeing up a super-fight against another world champion. She could get into the ring against Hyun Mi Choi of South Korea, who is the WBA Champion, Maiva Hamadouche, the IBF World Champion from France or Finland’s WBC Champion Eva Wahlstrom.

If Brodnicka is feeling very adventurous she could step up in weight class and face off against boxing superstar Katie Taylor at Lightweight. Taylor, from Ireland, has made a big name for herself in the United States and is set to defend her four titles against Belgian Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden on June 1 this year.

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Weigh-In from Poland: WBO Jr. Lightweight Female World Champion Ewa Brodnicka (16-0, 2 KO), of Poland, weighed 129.7 lbs (58,850kg), and Janeth Pérez (24-4-2, 6 KO), of México, weighed 127.8 lbs (58kg) for tomorrow night at the Jelenia Gora Coliseum. Promoter: Tymex Boxing Promotion. TV: Poland PolSat Sport HD

Brodnicka entered the ring for the last time in October 2018. She defeated Nozipho Bell. Earlier her rivals were Sarah Pucek, Viviane Obenauf and Anita Torti . For over a year, Brodnicka is the owner of the WBO belt in the Jr. Lightweight category. Perez is a two-time world champion, with victories over Yolis Marrugo Franco, and Galina Koleva Ivanova, respectively.

THIS SATURDAY IN POLAND: WBO Jr. Lightweight Female World Champion Ewa Brodnicka (16-0, 2 KO), of Poland, will face Janeth Pérez (24-4-2, 6 KO), of México at the Jelenia Gora Coliseum. Promoter: Tymex Boxing Promotion. TV: Poland PolSat Sport HD

Brodnicka entered the ring for the last time in October 2018. She defeated Nozipho Bell. Earlier her rivals were Sarah Pucek, Viviane Obenauf and Anita Torti . For over a year, Brodnicka is the owner of the WBO belt in the Jr. Lightweight category. Perez is a two-time world champion, with victories over Yolis Marrugo Franco, and Galina Koleva Ivanova, respectively.

Date:  Saturday, May 13, 2017

WBO Female Interim Jr. Lightweight Title Bout

Location: Czestochowa, Poland

Promoter:  Tymex Boxing Promotions/Mr. Mariusz Grabowski

Supervisor:   Istvan Kovacs

Referee:  Ingo Barrabas

Judges:    Zoltan Enyedi (100-90); Leszek Jankowiak (100-90); Pawel Kardyni (100-90)  

Results:  The WBO Female Interim Jr. Lightweight Title was won by Ewa Brodnicka against Irma Balijagic Adler by Unanimous Decision.

TV:  Poland PolSat Sport PPV