Date: Friday, June 9, 2017
WBO/WBA/IBF/WBC Female Welterweight Championship Title Bout
Location: Berhenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway
Promoter: First Lady Promotions / Tom Loeffler
Supervisor: Marion Palatin
Date: Friday, June 9, 2017
WBO/WBA/IBF/WBC Female Welterweight Championship Title Bout
Location: Berhenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway
Promoter: First Lady Promotions / Tom Loeffler
Supervisor: Marion Palatin
By Per Ake Persson
Cecilia Braekhus, 31-0, retained her five – WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO – female titles tonight in Bergen, Norway, on a rainy (nothing unexpected as it almost always rains in Bergen) outdoor show with an unanimous decision over Argentinean challenger Erica Farias (24-2, 10 KOs), who is the WBC champ at 140.
The judges had it 98-92 twice and 99-9 after ten two minute rounds of boxing in a no knockdown affair.
A native of Bergen from childhood, Braekhus is universally recognized as the #1 women’s Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world.
Following the lifting of the decades long ban in Norway of professional boxing which Braekhus was instrumental in removing, she has defended her titles twice in her homeland.
On October 1, 2016, Braekhus knocked out Anne Sophie Mathis in the second round in front of a sold out crowd at The Spectrum in Oslo, Norway. Most recently she won a 10-round unanimous decision over Klara Svensson at the same venue on February 24, 2017.
Braekhus credits her dominating performances to head trainer Johnathon Banks, who also the head trainer former champion Wladimir Klitschko.
“This training camp has been terrific with Johnathon (Banks), this is our fourth fight together and I’m continuing to learn a great deal from him. In my last three fights I’ve become much more of an aggressive fighter and he’s truly brought that out in me, more of an American and Detroit style of fighting. This is my true homecoming as I’ve lived in Bergen since the age of two,” Braekhus said.
By Lyle Fitzsimmons –
Don’t look now, but Norway is fast becoming a world boxing capital.
Long dormant due to a decades-long ban, the sport has been revived thanks to the efforts of unified women’s welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.
Braekhus is originally from Colombia but was adopted as a toddler and raised in Bergen, Norway, where she began boxing as a teenager and ultimately won 75 of 80 amateur fights prior to turning pro in 2007.
She’ll make her third appearance in Norway – and first in her hometown – when she faces Erica Farias, a once-beaten foe with world title claims in two weight classes, on Friday at the historic Bergenhus Fortress.
The 13th century structure sits at the entrance to the harbor in Bergen and could house more than 15,000 fans for the fight, which will mark Braekhus’ 20th defense of the WBC belt that she won with a unanimous decision over Vinni Skovgaard in March 2009.
She added the WBA’s title with the same victory and has since defended it 18 times.
The WBO crown came 14 months later with a defeat of Victoria Cisneros, the IBF bauble was added in September 2014 against Ivana Habazin and the IBO’s jewelry rounded out the collection – via decision against Chris Namus – in February 2016.
Braekhus made her Norwegian debut with a second-round TKO of Anne Sophie Mathis last October in Oslo. Her first professional appearance there came after she worked with political leaders to lift a domestic boxing ban that had stood since 1981.
“I have to give a special thanks to the prime minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, who has been so very supportive of my work and played a huge role towards lifting the ban in Norway that allowed me to fight here,” Braekhus said.
She had fought in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Finland and Denmark before bringing her act to back home.
“I’ve fought all over Europe but it was always my dream to fight in Norway, this is my home and it meant so much to me on Saturday to see the huge crowd and know how much it meant to so many people in this country,” Braekhus said. “The entire fight week truly exceeded my expectations, everywhere I went the response from fans and media was incredible.”
More than a quarter of the 4 million people residing in Norway tuned in to the fight on TV3, making it the second-most watched program in the station’s history.
The champion returned to The Spectrum for a unanimous decision defeat of Klara Svensson on Feb. 24.
Braekhus is preparing for the Farias fight in Spain, where’s she’s working for the fourth time with Johnathon Banks, a former IBO cruiserweight champion who’s worked for many years with longtime heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Banks was 29-3-1 with 19 KOs in a pro career that stretched from 2004 to 2014. He won the cruiserweight title by decision over Vincenzo Rossitto in 2008 before losing it to Tomasz Adamek.
“This training camp has been terrific with Johnathon. I’m continuing to learn a great deal from him,” Braekhus said. “In my last three fights I’ve become much more of an aggressive fighter and he’s truly brought that out in me, more of an American and Detroit style of fighting.”
Farias, 32, has scored 10 KOs while winning 24 of 25 fights in a career that began in 2009.
She staked her first WBC title claim at 135 pounds in 2011, then moved to 140 after losing the championship in 2014. A second WBC belt came in 2015 following a defeat of the aforementioned Svensson, and she’s since made two successful defenses.
The Braekhus fight will be her first as a full-fledged welterweight. The champion has a three-inch height advantage and has fought exclusively in the 147-pound class.
Advantages notwithstanding, Braekhus has no intention of overlooking the task at hand.
“Erica Farias is the toughest opponent of my career,” she said. “She’s moving up from the junior welterweight division where she’s the WBC champion and one of the best fighters in the division. I know Farias is coming for all my belts and I’m up to the challenge. No way I won’t be ready.”
slo, Norway (January 23, 2017). First Lady Promotions has postponed the highly anticipated battle between Consensus #1 Women’s Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World and Undisputed Welterweight World Champion, CECILIA BRAEKHUS, (29-0-0, 8 KO’s) and Mandatory Challenger KLARA SVENSSON, (17-1-0, 5 KO’s) scheduled for this Saturday, January 28 to the new date of Friday, February 24.
Braekhus, holder of the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO World Titles has been hit with the flu which will require a period of rest before the resumption of a full training schedule.
“I was in the best shape of my life before I got knocked out by the flu. This is the worst that can happen to a fighter so close to battle, but health and safety comes first of course,” said Cecilia Brækhus.
The entire event, planned for another sold-out night at the Oslo Spektrum, will now take place on Friday, February 24 with all tickets being honored for the new date.
Through Braekhus’ extensive lobbying work over the last several years, Norway lifted their 33-year ban on professional boxing in 2015. On October 1, 2016, Braekhus was finally able to fight in her home country, knocking out Anne Sophie Mathis in the second round, a national event that captivated the entire country.
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Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
WBO Female Welterweight Championship Title Bout
Location: The Spectrum, Oslo
Promoter: FIRST LADY PROMOTION AS/MORTEN ANDREASSEN
Supervisor: MARION PALATIN
Referee: MASSIMO BARROVECCHIO (WBC)
Judges:FABIAN GUGGENHEIM (WBC), PREDRAG ALEKSIC (WBC), ROBIN DOLPIERRE (WBC)
Four weeks before the historical bout in Oslo, Norway, the two participants met media and fans at The Thief Hotel. Despite the fact that Anne Sophie Mathis is by many considered to be “the female Mike Tyson” Cecilia Braekhus came out offensively.
“One of us going down in Oslo. And it will not be me,” said Braekhus. The Colombian-born Norwegian goes “all in” and puts her five titles at stake (WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO) when facing French fighter Anne Sophie Mathis on October 1st.
The fight has raised an enormous interest in Norway, and is also considered one of the biggest female fights in the history of boxing. The fight will be the first one on Norwegian soil since 1981, after Norway lifted the ban against professional boxing three years ago.
Mathis stands with a record of 27-3, and an impressive KO-rate of 72 %. Only four of her victories has come by points, while 23 of her opponents didn’t make it to the final rounds.
“Many reckon me as ‘the female Mike Tyson,’ and there is a reason for that. Cecilia Braekhus is an intelligent boxer, but I am stronger than what you expect,” said Mathis, who refused to share any other details from her training. She has previously stated that she will not make the same mistakes this time as she felt she did the last time the two fighters met in 2012. All judges had it 97-93 to Braekhus.
When asked about what she will do different this time, the French KO-specialist just answered briefly: You will see it when I am in the ring.
Said Brakehus when asked about her preparations:
Sparring starts next week. My last opponent Chris Namus will fly down to our camp in Spain to help out the last weeks. The camp has been great, and I feel better than ever. I have build some solid muscles and is faster, more explosive and better than ever. I am very confident and I have no problems handling the pressure. I rise to these occasions. These are the kind of fights that any boxer dream of.
Cecilia Brækhus (27-0, 7 KOs) retained her WBC, WBA, WBO & IBF Female World Welterweight titles with a unanimous points victory over IBF mandatory challenger Jennifer Reztke (15-1-2, 9 KOs) at the Falconer Hall, at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen.
Brækhus once again proved why she is the pound-for-pound number one with a dominant display against her German opponent. ‘The First Lady’ started strongly and looked likely to stop Retzke before injuring her foot in the third-round. Despite the injury, Brækhus fought on to claim a clear victory, with the judges scoring the fight 100-90, 100-90 & 98-92.
‘’I would like to thank all the fans that travelled to Copenhagen to support me,’’ said Brækhus. ‘’I thought I could have got the stoppage but I injured my foot and had to adjust my tactics. I was unlucky, but fortunately the injury doesn’t appear to be serious. Retzke was a tough opponent but I think I showed, even with one foot, that I’m a class above.’’
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This was an entertaining fight and a great advert for women’s boxing. Cecilia continues to impress, she seems to get better and better with every fight. Full credit to Retzke, she came to fight, but was ultimately outclassed by Cecilia, who must now be considered the greatest female boxer of all time.’’
Tim-Robin Lihaug (9-1, 5 KOs) captured the vacant WBO Youth World title in an entertaining battle with George Beroshvili (14-4-2, 7 KO).
‘’I felt that I was always in control of the fight,’’ said Lihaug. ‘’Beroshvili is a good boxer so I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes. I had to keep calm and stick to my game plan, and that’s exactly what I did. It is a great honour to win the youth world title. This is the beginning of my journey to become a world champion!’’
Boxing history was made in Copenhagen, Denmark Saturday night. Norwegian star Cecilia Brækhus (26-0, 7 KOs) became the first female boxer to unify a division by holding all four major titles simultaneously. The WBC, WBA & WBO Champion scored a unanimous decision victory over IBF Champion Ivana Habazin (13-2, 5 KOs) to become the undisputed welterweight queen. Cheered on by her loyal army of travelling Norwegian fans, Brækhus once again proved why she is the pound-for-pound female number one with a classy performance against the tenacious Habazin. All three judges scored the fight 100-90 in favour of ‘The First Lady.’
“I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a long time,” said Braekhus. “To become the first female boxer to unify a division is a huge achievement and something that I am extremely proud of. I would like to thank all the fans that travelled to Copenhagen to support me and Ivana for the part she played in this historic fight.”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland added “Cecilia is a phenomenal athlete. Not only will she go down in history as the first female unified champion but it is our belief that she will be remembered as the greatest female boxer of all time.”
En un histórico combate del boxeo femenino, la invicta colombiana nacionalizada noruega Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus, se convirtió en la indiscutible reina del peso welter, al imponerse por amplia decisión unánime a la croata Ivana Habazin, este sábado por la noche en el combate estelar de una cartelera que fue organizada en el TAP, de Copenhague, Dinamarca.
El triunfo de “First Lady” Braekhus fue categórico. Se impuso 100-90 en las tres tarjetas de los jueces, y se convirtió en histórico porque destronó a Habazin, la ahora excampeona welter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), título que sumó a los que ya tenía en las 147 libras: el de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB), el Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC) y la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).
La ahora campeonato indiscutible de las 147 libras, hizo un trabajo sorprendente este sábado, superando de campana a campana a Habazin, quien no pudo con la fortaleza, velocidad e inteligencia de Braekhus.
Con este triunfo, Braekhus mejoró su record a 27-0, con 7 nocauts, mientras que Habazin quedó con 13-3, 5 nocauts.
En esta misma cartelera, el semipesado Erik Skogland (21-0, 11 nocauts) venció por decisión en 12 rounds a Stefano Abatangelo (18-4-1, 6 nocauts) en un combate que estaba en juego el título Europeo e Intercontinental de la FIB. Skogland se impuso 118-109, 118-108 y 120-106 en las tres tarjetas de los jueces.
Por su parte, Klara Svensson (14-0, 5 nocauts) también se impuso por decisión unánime a Marie Riederer (15-2-1, 10 nocauts), por el cinturón superligero interino femenino avalado por el CMB. Svensson se impuso 100-90, 100-90 y 99-91 en las tarjetas.
By Sauerland Promotions
Boxing history was made in Copenhagen, Denmark last night. Norwegian star Cecilia Brækhus (26-0, 7 KOs) became the first female boxer to unify a division by holding all four major titles simultaneously. The WBC, WBA & WBO Champion scored a unanimous decision victory over IBF Champion Ivana Habazin (13-2, 5 KOs) to become the undisputed welterweight queen.
Cheered on by her loyal army of travelling Norwegian fans, Brækhus once again proved why she is the pound-for-pound female number one with a classy performance against the tenacious Habazin. All three judges scored the fight 100-90 in favour of ‘The First Lady’.
‘’I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a long time,’’ said Brækhus. ‘’To become the first female boxer to unify a division is a huge achievement and something that I am extremely proud of. I would like to thank all the fans that travelled to Copenhagen to support me and Ivana for the part she played in this historic fight.’’
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’Cecilia is a phenomenal athlete. Not only will she go down in history as the first female unified champion but it is our belief that she will be remembered as the greatest female boxer of all time.’’
Brækhus’ success was shared by Swedish stablemates Klara Svensson and Erik Skoglund, both of whom claimed titles at Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night show.
‘The Swedish Princess’ Klara Svensson (14-0, 5 KOs) got her first taste of world glory. The 26 year-old from Malmo defeated Marie Riederer (15-2-1, 10 KOs) for the interim WBC Female World Light Welterweight title. The judges scored the fight 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 for Svensson.
‘’This was the best performance of my career so far,’’ said Svensson. ‘’Riederer was very tough, I hit her with some big shots and she kept coming. Tonight I have shown that I belong at the top with the world’s elite and I’m ready to challenge for the regular title.’’
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WBC, WBA & WBO female world welterweight champion Cecilia Brækhus (25-0, 7 KOs) will attempt to make history on September 13 by becoming the first female boxer in any weight category to unify a division by holding all four major titles when she takes on IBF champion Ivana Habazin (13-1, 5 KOs) at TAP1 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Victory in Copenhagen would not only make Brækhus the first female boxer to hold all four titles simultaneously but also just the third boxer in history to have achieved this feat following Bernard Hopkins’ and Jermain Taylor’s middleweight reigns.
Cecilia Brækhus: This is a massive opportunity for me to cement my legacy as the best female boxer of all time.
Ivana Habazin: Cecilia is possibly the greatest female boxer of all time but it is time for her to experience what it feels like to lose.
The pound-for-pound queen is back. Cecilia Brækhus (24-0, 7 KOs) defends her WBC, WBA and WBO Female World Welterweight titles against Jessica Balogun (24-3, 12 KOs) on June 7th at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany.
The pair meet in a repeat of their 2012 contest and having previously shared a ring ‘’The First Lady’’ is aware of the threat posed by the German challenger.
‘’I have a lot of respect for Balogun. She is an explosive boxer with good technique and an unbelievable fighting spirit,’’ said Brækhus.
‘’She is one of the toughest female boxers around. In her last fight she moved up two weight divisions to face Christina Hammer, the WBO Female World Middleweight Champion, and pushed her for ten hard rounds.
‘’I am excited by the challenge. I look forward to testing myself against her once again. She gave me a good fight two years ago and I am expecting the same in Schwerin.’’
Since their first fight there has been a change of personnel in the Brækhus camp with the introduction of renowned German coach Otto Ramin.
Ramin will be in the Bergen boxer’s corner for the second time following an impressive points victory over Myriam Lamare in February.
‘’Otto is a fantastic coach,’’ said the Brækhus. ‘’We only had two months together before the Lamare fight. Since then we have got to know each other much better and have established a great relationship. We now have a really good understanding.
‘’In the gym we have been working on improving my strengths. I am natural boxer not a brawler so a lot of the focus has been on improving my movement and footwork. I believe we will see the benefit of this on June 7th.
‘’Everything has gone to plan. I feel good! I am in great shape and I can’t wait to get back in the ring and back to doing what I love.’’
Norwegian fans can watch Cecilia Brækhus defend her WBC, WBA and WBO World titles against Jessica Balogun live on Viasat 4 from 20.00.
UPDATED: Norway’s champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus successfully defended her titles over the weekend, after winning her latest match against Myriam Lamare of France. It marked Brækhus’ 24th professional victory, boosted her plans for a new match in the US and set off more jubilation.
Norwegian boxer Cecilia Brækhus waves the flag after winning her latest match and defending her titles once again in Denmark, not in Norway, where boxing remains illegal. PHOTO: Vegard Grøtt / NTB Scanpix
“The only reason she (the 39-year-old Lamare) was still standing was her 20 years of experience,” Brækhus, age 32, told state broadcaster NRK’s website with a laugh late Saturday night.
Lamare literally put up quite a fight at the beginning of Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn, Denmark, but Brækhus held out and knocked her down during the seventh round. Lamare got up again, but NRK’s commentators claimed she was noticeably weaker and the match ended after 10 rounds.
Lamare smiled bravely afterwards and claimed she’d been through tougher matches, but she graciously praised her opponent’s performance. “Cecilia was very strong, and an incredibly good boxer,” Lamare told reporters. “For me, the time has come to step down. I wish Cecilia all the best in her career.”
Brækhus has a new coach, Otto Ramin, and she said the match reflected that they’d only worked together for six weeks, “but we have trained explosively, and that came through in the match,” Brækhus told NRK.
Ramin himself seemed satisfied with his new pupil, who retained her unofficial international title as the world’s “First Lady” of boxing. “She fought a very good match,” Ramin said. “She was smart and boxed wisely.”
Haven’t given up on a match against Holm
Now Brækhus seems more keen than ever to box at a title match in the US, and her promoter Nisse Sauerland told newspaper Aftenposten that they’re working once again to lure former champion Holly Holm back into the ring. Sauerland said Brækhus “deserves” to show what she can do in the US.
“We’re working to set up a match in Las Vegas or New York,” Sauerland said. “We have said, though, that we won’t send Cecilia to Holm’s hometown of Albuquerque.”
Saturday’s match played out once again in Denmark, since boxing is banned in Norway and Brækhus isn’t legally allowed to conduct her sport in her own homeland. There have been moves to change that and regardless, Brækhus, who grew up in Bergen, said she thinks her future “looks very bright.” She was thrilled by the reaction of fans who traveled to Frederikshavn to see her in action.
“I have had many tough matches, but the support here is great,” said Brækhus, adding that she already was looking forward to new training sessions. “To stand up in the ring with that kind of support behind me is just unreal.”
Today in Norway, WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus kicked off fight week with a crowded press conference at the Viasat offices in Oslo. The pound-for-pound number one faces Myriam Lamare on Saturday night at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn.
”I’m really looking forward to this fight,” said Braekhus. ”I haven’t been in the ring for a while so I’m excited to be back and facing such a quality opponent. It will be a great way to start the year! ”Since my last fight I have been working with a new trainer Otto Ramin. Although I was sad to leave my old team, it has been good to be able to train with someone who is able to focus on me full time.
”I am expecting a very tough fight. Lamare is fit and hungry. She has said that she has been studying all of my fights, and I hear she is arriving early and bringing her own chef, so she is definitely coming to Frederikshavn to win. ”I feel good! My training has gone very well. I am in a new and exciting position with a new team around me. I am looking forward to a great fight against a tough opponent.”
Said Ramin: ”It has been fun to work with Cecilia. She loves boxing, she is extremely professional and she is dedicated to learning new things and getting better. She is a three-time world champion for a reason, she is the best in the world but I believe she can still improve. We’ve been focusing on her strengths – her great technical and tactical skills – and we’re keen to make her even better.”
Said Sauerland: ”Lamare is possibly the toughest opponent out there for Cecilia at the moment. She is an experienced fighter and a proven champion. There is no doubt that she is taking this fight seriously. She will be staying in a separate flat away from the city to avoid distractions and is even bringing her own chef. This will be an interesting test for the ‘First Lady’.”
Braekhus vs. Lamare tops an action packed Nordic Fight Night bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. The show will be broadcast live on Viasat 4 from 19.30-00.30. Tickets are available via arenanord.dk.
Norwegian boxers Tim-Robin Lihaug (5-1, 4 KOs) and Alexander Hagen (3-0) both believe WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) will prove too much for Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs) when the pair meet at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn on February 1st.
”I predict that Cecilia will win on points or stop Lamare in the later rounds,” said Lihaug. ”She is the greatest female boxer of all time and I think that she will be too good and too clever for Lamare. To win, all Cecilia must do is go out there, be her self and execute her game plan.”
”I think there’s a big possibility that Cecilia will win by knockout,” said Hagen. ”She is younger than Lamare, so will be able to use this to her advantage and lay on the pressure from the very first bell. Although Lamare is very experienced and knows her way around the ring I believe that Cecilia will be too explosive for her.”
Lihaug and Hagen will both be in action alongside the pound-for-pound number one at the Arena Nord. A travelling army of fans are expected to make the trip over to Frederikshavn to cheer on the Norwegian trio. The increased popularity of boxing in Norway is something that both men attribute to the ”First Lady”.
Said Lihaug: ”Cecilia is a great ambassador for boxing in Norway. She is one of the most famous athletes in the whole country and everyone just loves her. Boxing is becoming more and more popular and I believe the biggest reason for this is Cecilia.”
Said Hagen: ”Cecilia has done a very good job for boxing in Norway. She’s paved the way for everyone else. The fact that she has made it to the top, despite being from this little country called Norway which forbids professional boxing, is very inspiring for me and all the boxers in Norway.”
The Nordic Fight Night will be broadcast on Viasat 4 in Norway. Tickets are available at arenanord.dk.
The Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn has been postponed by two weeks due to an eye injury sustained by WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs). The pound-for-pound number one will now face Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs) at the Arena Nord on February 1.
“When it comes down to a fighter´s health, we cannot take any risks,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. “The doctors have ordered Cecilia to sit out practice for ten days, which made it impossible for her to be in top shape on January 18. At the highest level, losing two weeks in the middle of your preparation is a nightmare. Against a world-class opponent like Lamare, Cecilia needs to be at 100 percent, not 90, 80 or 70.
“We want to apologize to the fans who have already bought tickets and hope that they will be able to join us on the new date. All fights will remain the same.”
Said Braekhus: “I am very sorry about the postponement but there is nothing I could do about it. I was gutted when I picked up the injury in sparring. I´ve been forced to postpone fights before, like against Anne Sophie Mathis due to my tonsillitis. Believe me, it is the worst feeling in the world. You feel like you let down your fans. So I was very disappointed at first but I am relieved that the postponement is for only two weeks and that my team has been able to set the new date quickly.
“I hope that all my fans will still come over to Frederikshavn and support me. Lamare is a very tough opponent, I couldn´t fight her without a proper preparation. My fitness and my hard training have always given me an edge over my opponents. I´ll now take a little break and then return to practice to get in shape for Lamare.”
Tickets for the January 18 date can be refunded until January 10.
La campeona dominicana Oxandia Castillo tendrá un gran reto el siete de septiembre cuando se mida a la colombiana Cecilia Braekhus, unificada monarca welter por tres organizaciones.
Braekhus ha realizado once defensas exitosas al hilo de sus coronas de las 147 libras de la Asociación, Consejo y Organización Mundial de Boxeo (AMB, CMB y OMB).
El título de las 154 libras de la dominicana no estará en juego.
La pelea a distancia de diez rondas tendrá como escenario la Arena Nord, en Frederikshavn, Dinamarca.
La colombiana posee un record de 22-0, con 6 nocauts, mientras que Oxandia tiene 12-0-2, con 9 nocaut.
La dominicana lleva cinco meses sin pelear.
WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (21-0, 5 KOs) will defy a WBC order to face Holly Holm and instead take on 45-year-old Mia St. John (47-12-2, 18 KOs) at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark on April 13. The WBC had told Braekhus’ promoter Sauerland Event and Holm’s promoter Frequez Productions to commence negotiations with a pending purse bid if the parties are unable to reach an agreement. It was also announced that Braekhus has signed a contract extension with Sauerland.
WBO, WBC & WBa Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (21-0, 5 KOs) lived up to her billing as boxing’s “First Lady” with a spectacular points victory over French star Anne Sophie Mathis (26-3, 22 KOs). After ten exciting rounds, she was ahead 97-93 on all three cards. “This is the happiest day of my life,” she said afterwards. “Mathis was very strong, the toughest opponent of my career, but I found a way to Credit: Photo Wende beat her. This is my biggest win ever.”
With 2,345 fans in attendance – at least 550 of them from Norway – at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Braekhus used her superior boxing skills to stay out of harm’s way, although Mathis had her moments. But Braekhus cleverly blocked her attacks and landed punches on her own – single shots as well as combinations. In the seventh, she even wobbled Mathis, but she bounced back, and it remained an exciting encounter until the very end.
“Cecilia fought a great fight,” Mathis said. “She is very fast and a very good boxer.” Asked about a potential meeting with Holly Holm, whom Mathis had knocked out cold last December, she answered: “Braekhus is better than Holm. She is faster, has better movement and better boxing skills.”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland praised Cecilia after “the fight of her life.” He said: “Cecilia left no doubts that she is the best female boxer out there. Mathis was very strong, very dangerous, but Cecilia proved her class in impressive fashion. This was a fantastic fight.”
In the co-featured main event, Patrick Nielsen defended his WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title with a clear points victory over Jose Yebes. Dennis Ceylan also celebrated a successful professional debut, stopping Artsem Abmiotka in the second round. Erik Skoglund continued his winning streak with a points victory over Ivan Maslov, while Torben Keller outpointed Laszlo Szekeres. Ahmed Kaddour also defeated Max Maxwell on points.
Date: September 22, 2012
WBO Female Welterweight Championship Title Bout
Location: Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Demark
Promoter: Sauerland Events
Referee: Juergen Langos
Judges: Paul Thomas (97-93), Leszek Jankowiak (97-93), Esa Lehtosaari (97-93)
Supervisor: Edouardo Ceccoli
Result: Braekhus won by unanimous decision.
The stage is finally set for the “Pacquiao-Mayweather” of women´s boxing. WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (20-0, 5 KOs) and French KO queen Anne Sophie Mathis (26-2, 22 KOs) today arrived in Frederikshavn. On Saturday night, they will collide at the Nordic Fight Night at Arena Nord. The First Lady will be counting on some special support. Nine-time German coach of the year Ulli Wegner, who also trains World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck and International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez, will be in her corner.
“Cecilia is the best female boxer in the world and she will prove it again on Saturday night in the toughest fight of her life,” Wegner said at the final pre-fight press conference at Arena Nord. “We know Mathis is a KO puncher. However, when she punches, she makes a lot of mistakes and it will be crucial for Cecilia to make her pay. Mathis likes to fight, she will try to make it a war, so Cecilia needs to use her superior boxing skills to beat her. It will be a sensational fight for the fans and I am convinced that we will be victorious.”
Braekhus was also optimistic. “I have been waiting for this fight for a long time, I am glad the time has finally come. The training went very well, I am ready to defend my titles on Saturday.”
Mathis said she was equally happy with her preparation. “I am fit and ready,” she stated. “We have worked to improve my speed. I know Braekhus is a good boxer but I am 100 percent sure I will win.”
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: “We have sold over 2000 tickets and it’s getting more and more every day. There will be so many Norwegian fans in Frederikshavn on Saturday to support Cecilia, it will be an unforgettable evening. And make no mistake, for a fight like this, she needs every bit of support she can get because Mathis is a hell of a fighter. But Cecilia knows what she has to do to beat her.”