22-year-old Mikaela Mayer is is a force to be reckoned with.

Mikaela got her start as a teen model, but these days she's a world champion, olympic-style boxer, currently ranked #1 in the world. The 5' 9" LA native made her transition from modeling at the age of 17, when she began training in Muay Thai.

 

Once she began competing she pretty much swept all of her fights, but soon realized that she would rather be boxing. Once she switched, she immediately won two national titles. Beginners luck? We think not; by 2012 Mikaela was the Olympic Alternate in her weight class for the London 2012 Games, and is currently training for the 2016 games, to be held in Rio. We can't wait to cheer her on.

If she looks familiar, you might have seen her in this Dr. Pepper ad, looking damn sexy:

Frances Iacuzzi Photography