Mikaela Mayer: There is an assumption that not having kids or being married is a sacrifice

Mikaela Mayer fights live on Sky Sports on Sunday morning at 3am; she says about rival Terri Harper: "[Promoter Eddie Hearn] knows Terri isn't as experienced as a world champion should be. Before throwing her in with the cream of the crop, she needs more rounds."

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Image: Mikaela Mayer fights live on Sky Sports on Sunday morning at 3am

Mikaela Mayer has spoken about the "sacrifice" that female athletes make with having a family - and why pursuing a career instead should not be viewed negatively.

The undefeated WBO super-featherweight champion from America puts her belt on the line against Erica Farias on Sunday morning from 3am, live on Sky Sports, on Naoya Inoue's undercard.

She explained her view on what "society" tells females to do: "It is weird to think I'm making a sacrifice.

"It's a fair question because there is a biological clock.

"Society says we must find a mate, get married, have kids.

"There is an assumption that not having kids or being married is a sacrifice.

"I just think it's funny to call it a sacrifice to pursue your dreams and a career in your 20s.

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"It's way too premature - in your 20s you are still a kid, still figuring out the world. You need to enjoy your life.

"This is just my personal take on it.

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Image: Mayer is unbeaten in 14

"Some people think I am sacrificing having a boyfriend, husband, kids. I think that having kids in your 20s is sacrificing.

"You can do both. But it's extremely hard because you can't be as selfish. To me, that is sacrifice.

"I love my life, it's awesome, I have fun, I have a career, I travel the world. I'm not missing out on anything."

Three-minute rounds?

Women are currently only permitted to box two-minute rounds for a maximum of 10 rounds.

Her promoter Bob Arum said: "The third minute of a round is probably the most exciting.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 17: Mikaela Mayer (L) and Erica Farias (R) face-off during their press conference for the WBO female jr. lightweight championship at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on June 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
Image: Mikaela Mayer vs Erica Farias live on Sky Sports on Sunday from 3am

"Women are deprived of that because they are just getting warmed up at the end of the second minute.

"We have to lobby the commissions to allow women to fight three-minute rounds."

Mayer noted that the gender pay gap is also an issue: "Why am I going to fight more while I receive the same treatment?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 17: Mikaela Mayer (L) and Erica Farias (R) posed during their press conference for the WBO female jr. lightweight championship at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on June 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
Image: Women currently only box two-minute rounds

"We need to hear that promoters and networks want three-minute rounds because they see the benefit.

"If that grows women's boxing, we'll do it."

Is Terri Harper in her sights?

Mayer's rival champions in the same division are Terri Harper (WBC), Hyun Mi Choi (WBA) and Maiva Hamadouche (IBF).

Harper recently withdrew from a unification fight with Choi due to an injured hand.

HANDOUT PICTURE COMPLIMENTS OF MATCHROOM BOXING.Terri Harper vs Katharina Thanderz, WBC and IBO World Super Featherweight Title fight..14 November 2020.Picture By Mark Robinson.
Image: Terri Harper is WBC super-featherweight champion

"That wasn't as easy a fight as everybody thought," Mayer told Sky Sports. "It would have been a close fight.

"Choi isn't technically sound but does let her hands go. There would be a lot of punches exchanged.

"Terri is a little stronger and could land the right shots but they would really go at it in a close, exciting fight."

Former US Olympian Mayer believes Harper is trying to gain valuable experience before they meet in the ring.

"That's what she has been doing since she became champion," Mayer said.

"[Promoter Eddie Hearn] knows Terri isn't as experienced as a world champion should be.

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Image: Mayer ended Ewa Brodnicka's undefeated reign

"Before throwing her in with the cream of the crop, she needs more rounds. She is still young. It's the right move, a smart idea.

"I'm not holding my breath. It's clear they will wait for Terri to heal up then give her Choi.

"I won't sit around and wait, I will stay active."

Mayer expects a different world title unification fight later this year: "I was told Maiva Hamadouche wanted to fight. She said she was available for June 19 but then started training for the Olympic qualifiers!

"We wanted that fight. I still believe it will happen but, first, I've got to get through Farias.

"Farias is a former world champion who has fought Delfine Persoon, Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill twice."

Watch pound-for-pound star and fearsome puncher Naoya Inoue against Michael Dasmarinas in a world title fight from Las Vegas on Sunday at 3am, live on Sky Sports.

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