Braekhus Open To Fight Taylor, Shields, Or Cyborg
While Claressa Shields made history last weekend, Cecilia Braekhus is preparing to continue her historic career as undisputed women’s welterweight champion.
Holding the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine championships since September 2014, Braekhus celebrated the efforts of Shields, as well as Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon, who face off to become undisputed lightweight champion this June.
“It seems like ‘undisputed’ has become a big talking point in women’s boxing in the United States recently. Claressa Shields just became the undisputed middleweight champion and I congratulate her for that extraordinary accomplishment,” said Braekhus. “Separately Katie Taylor is facing Delfine Persoon in an undisputed lightweight world championship bout on June 1 at Madison Square Garden which I’m looking forward to attending.”
“Claressa was very outspoken after her victory on Saturday about wanting to face me at a catchweight and Katie has also mentioned fighting me numerous times, also at a catchweight. Both of these would be massive events for boxing with two undisputed world champions facing each other and I’m very interested in both possibilities.”
While she welcomed the idea of a fight with Taylor and Shields interest Braekhus, the welterweight champion also has had talks with Cris Cyborg going back to last year, and that option seems to be on the table.
“I met with Cris and her team a couple of times last year about the possibility of fighting in a boxing match and that is something that still interests me greatly and her as well,” Braekhus said in an interview.
“Last year I fought three times in big fights, each one a different set of firsts for me, first woman on HBO, fighting for the first time in Russia and then finally headlining the last HBO card which had a female fight in the main event for the first time. I can’t wait to get started on my 2019 campaign and surpass last year.”
“For my entire career I’ve worked towards elevating women’s boxing inside and outside the ring and that is of the utmost importance to me this year as well.”
Report: Boxing Scene