Braekhus Makes Weight, Svensson Fight Is On
WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus was at first a no-show at Thursday´s weigh-in in Oslo for Friday´s mandatory defense against Klara Svensson.
She finally arrived at the venue over an hour late and weighed in in a separate room around two hours late. As to why, well it´s reported that she had problems making the weight limit and eventually was able to come in right at the limit – but had to strip down in order to make it and she didn’t feel comfortable with doing that in front of a lot of people.
Braekhus’ official weight for the fight was 146.8 and Svensson came in at 144.6. The bout was originally scheduled for January 28 but was pushed back for four weeks due to Braekhus withdrawing with the flu. A sold-out crowd of over 10,000 is expected.
“There’s been some unnecessary and unexpected drama during this fight week,” said Braekhus. “All I want to do is fight but Svensson fights for my old promoter (Sauerland Promotions) and they’re not quite over that I left them to form my own company, First Lady Promotions and to work with K2 Promotions.”
“But now we’re all weighed in and we have only the fight to look forward to. I’m just so thrilled to be fighting back home again in Oslo, back at the Spektrum, it’s such a great feeling, the entire country is behind me.”
“Camp has been terrific with Johnathon Banks, this is our third fight together but we’ve been working together for about two years. I feel much more aggressive, looking for those power punches and focusing on punishing my opponent. I’ve kept some of my European style but now I’m fighting more like an American fighter. Maybe Johnathon is turning me into a Detroit fighter!”
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.