Training at a young age, Cecilia Braekhus is a true trailblazer when it comes to women’s boxing. The undisputed welterweight champion is ready to make more history on the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, August 15.
Braekhus (36-0) is set to defend her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring Welterweight Titles against Jessica McCaskill. Not only will her titles be on the line, but she is looking for her 26th title defense in a row, breaking Joe Louis’ historic record. She has her training with Big Bear to thank if it was to happen.
“I will get win 37 in Tulsa,” Braekhus emphatically stated. “Being in Big Bear for so many months has given me another life in boxing, before I have been in meetings, on the phone, flying back and forth, LA-Norway, Norway-LA, but I’ve been just completely focused on my boxing and I am in the best shape, I cannot remember the last time I was in such great shape and I cannot wait for Saturday.”
Making her professional debut in 2007, Braekhus won her first set of titles, the WBA and WBC Welterweight Titles, against Vinni Skovgaard in 2009. The 38-year-old beat Victoria Cisneros for the WBO Welterweight Title in 2010, Ivana Habazin for the IBF Welterweight Title in 2014, and the IBO Welterweight Title in 2016 against Chris Namus.
Braekhus’ last fight was in November, beating Victoria Bustos via unanimous decision. By doing so, she tied Louis’ record. She is the first woman to hold the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles simultaneously. Ready to take women’s boxing to greater heights, Braekhus is excited for what the younger generation has to offer.
Her focus right now is McCaskill (8-2), who has won three in a row since losing to Katie Taylor back in 2017. Now the second week in a row that women will be main eventing a Matchroom Boxing card, Braekhus is ready to put on the performance of a lifetime.
“It’s a huge fight,” Braekhus would say. “The setting, being the main event, a tough opponent in Jessica who we all know from her fights with Erica Farias and Katie Taylor; I think we’re opening boxing for Matchroom with a bang in America.”