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PREVIEW: Alycia Baumgardner vs Christina Linardatou

Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Undisputed women’s super featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner will defend her titles on Saturday night in a rematch against former two-time titleholder Christina Linardatou. The championship tilt will headline a DAZN card from the Masonic Temple in Baumgardner’s adopted hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Linardatou was responsible for giving Baumgardner her first and only loss back in 2018, winning a split decision after eight rounds. Despite her victory the first time around, Linardatou will likely be coming into Saturday’s matchup as a heavy underdog.

Baumgardner (14-1, 7 KO) burst onto the world boxing scene back in November 2021, when she stopped Terri Harper in the fourth round to capture the WBC title. She reached even greater heights last year, when she fought and narrowly outpointed Mikaela Mayer to win two more belts in the weight class. Then, in her most recent outing in February, Baumgardner captured the last remaining belt after outpointing Elhem Mekhaled to unify the super featherweight division.

Since her win over Baumgardner, Greece’s Linardatou (14-2, 6 KO) has won four out of her last five bouts, capturing two junior welterweight titles in the process. The only loss out of that bunch was to Katie Taylor, one of the best female pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Fighter’s Form (last 5 fights):

Alycia Baumgardner

Elhem Mekhaled - WIN by UD (99-89, 99-89, 98-90) - 04/02/2023

Mikaela Mayer - WIN by SD (96-95, 96-96, 93-97) - 15/10/2022

Edith Soledad Matthysse - WIN by UD (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) - 17/04/2022

Terri Harper - WIN by TKO 4 - 13/11/2021

Vanessa Bradford - WIN by UD - 14/08/2021

Christina Linardatou

Aleksandra Vujovic - WIN by UD (60-55, 59-55, 58-57) - 27/07/2022

Prisca Vicot - WIN by UD (98-91, 98-91, 97-92) - 08/02/2020

Katie Taylor - LOSS by UD (97-93, 97-93, 96-94) - 02/11/2019

Deanha Hobbs - WIN by UD - 07/06/2019

Kandi Wyatt - WIN by TKO 6 - 24/03/2019

Event Information:

Date: July 15th, 2023

Time: 1am (GMT), 5pm (PT), 8pm (ET)

Venue: The Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Channel: DAZN

Elsewhere on the card

In the co-main event, Cuban Olympic gold medalist and lightweight prospect Andy Cruz will be making his professional boxing debut against experienced veteran Juan Carlos Burgos (35-7-3, 21 KO) in a 10-round bout. Also featured is heavyweight contender Jermaine Franklin (21-2, 14 KO), who will look to rebound from a two-fight skid against Junior Anthony Wright (20-4-1, 17 KO).


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