By Joana Arries-Tagoe

American professional boxer – Mikaela Joslin Mayer has spoken tough ahead of her much anticipated WBO female junior lightweight title fight against Ewa Brodnicka at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas tomorrow.

Ranked as the world’s fourth best active female super featherweight by The Ring and BoxRec, Mayer [13-0, 5 KOs] believes she has been the No. 1 contender for a while and believes the time to become the world champion is now as she seek to dethrone Brodnicka [19-0, 2 KOs].

“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.”

Rebutting the bluff of Mayer at yesterday’s press conference, Ewa Brodnicka said she brought the belt just to show it to Mikaela Mayer and nothing more.

“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.”