Alycia Baumgardner (13-1) and Elhem Mekhaled (14-0) will meet on Saturday, February 4 in a super-featherweight title showdown. The bout will take place at Madison Square Garden and you can watch the fight on DAZN. Ring walks for this fight are projected for 9 p.m. ET with the main card starting at 8 p.m. and the main event getting underway at approximately 10 p.m.
Baumgardner stands alone on top of the women’s super featherweight weight-class and will try to capture her sixth title in the division. Fresh off a split decision win over Mikaela Mayer, Baumgardner currently holds the WBC, IBO, IBF, WBO, and The Ring super-featherweight titles. She comes into this fight on a five bout win-streak. A win over Mekhaled and she will claim the vacant WBA super-featherweight title.
Mekhaled boasts an unblemished record of 14 wins and no losses. Her last fight was in 2019, an unanimous decision victory over Karina Kopinska. Baumgardner is a -900 betting favorite at Draftkings Sportsbook, as Mekhaled is +550 underdog. Baumgardner to win by Decision or Technical Decision checks in at -210 and for her to win by KO/TKO/DQ those odds are +260.
Alycia Baumgardner vs. Elhem Mekhaled round-by-round results
Round 1: Mekhaled 10-9
Mekhaled out to prove why she is a legit challenger, putting the champion on her heels a but early. Baumgardner off to a slow start, analyzing her opponent.
Round 2: Baumgardner 10-9
Baumgardner now picking up the pace early in this round, landing combos behind the jab. Mekhaled responds though midway with a power shot of her own. Baumgardner storms back this time with a nice uppercut, more speed this round from her.
Round 3: Baumgardner 10-9
Big right hand by Baumgardner stuns and drops Mekhaled wow what a shot from the champ! Mekhaled trying to get on her bike, as Baumgardner now setting up for another power punch. Mekhaled lucky to escape this round, as Baumgardner came out with a haymaker to start.
Round 4: Mekhaled 10-9
Baumgardner relaxing at this point of the fight and taking off this round. Mekhaled still getting her feet under her, also firing at a slow rate. Some late shots exchanged, but a round off for both fighters essentially. Mekhaled by a thin margin.
Round 5: Baumgardner 10-9
After the round off Baumgardner picking up the tempo here, connects on a nice left hook that pauses Mekhaled momentarily. Baumgardner doing what needs to be done to win rounds, landing the timely shot. Each time Mekhaled tries to get momentum, she responds.
Round 6: Baumgardner 10-9
Like Round 4, pace slowed down for both fighters. Mekhaled making a consistent effort to land a big hit, just not connecting. Baumgardner doing enough to get buy and win the round.
Round 7: Baumgardner 10-9
Baumgardner comes out with a nice flurry of shots and has Mekhaled stuck in sand. Baumgardner slowing down a bit, as the early combinations forced her to use plenty of energy. Her hits seem to be hurting Mekhaled and leaning to a stoppage.
Round 8: Mekhaled 10-9
This time taking the round off not the best approach for Baumgardner, Mekhaled now starting to land those early misses. A simple punch from Baumgardner would be enough but she is losing stamina. Mekhaled takes some of the momentum.
Round 9: Mekhaled 10-9
Another round where Baumgardner comes out looking gassed, she is just getting by. Mekhaled looking like the better fighter here late. The score cards are a little closer than many would expect. Let’s see what round 10 has to offer.
Round 10: Baumgardner 10-9
Both women leaving it in the ring and finally Baumgardner shows some life at the late stages of this fight. The amount of energy she has left in the tank is being used here. Mekhaled with a solid test of whit, Baumgardner sneaks this one out.