Braekhus Reflects On Her Career, Hopes For Summer McCaskill Bout
One of the most dominant boxers of the last few years, male or female, Cecilia Braekhus has been taking names since her debut in 2007. The undisputed welterweight champion has a series of fights coming up. Her upcoming bout has her chasing history.
Braekhus (36-0) is set to defend her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring Welterweight Titles against Jessica McCaskill. Originally on April 17, the fight was postponed due to the coronavirus. Whenever it does happen, and if she wins, Braekhus would break Joe Louis’ record of 25 consecutive world title defenses.
“From when I started to now has been incredible for woman’s boxing,” said Braekhus during The Lockdown Tapes podcast. “We are on every show, headlining bills, fighting in the Olympics and it’s incredible and such a big difference from how it once was. Being a part of it makes me feel incredibly lucky and I feel when I retire, I will be able to say I have played my part.”
In her eleventh professional fight, “The First Lady” beat Vinni Skovgaard via unanimous decision for the WBA and WBC Welterweight Titles. She beat Chris Namus in 2016 for the IBO Welterweight Title, completing the undisputed ring. Her last bout was a unanimous decision win over Victoria Bustos back in November.
Braekhus is hoping to face off against the winner of Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor, also postponed at the moment. For now, she must look to defeat someone who has faced Taylor before in McCaskill (8-2), the WBA and WBC Super-Lightweight Champion. It appears that the summer will be when they will get a chance to clash.
“I am talking to Eddie Hearn and my team and following the guidelines,” Braekhus went on to say. “The McCaskill fight looks likely to be taking place in July and I am hoping this is the case as I can’t stay in Big Bear forever! I don’t care where the fight takes place because I have been fighting all over the world since the beginning of the career. Wherever the fight is I will be ready.”
Braekhus has fought all over Norway, with stadiums chanting her name. Her first United States appearance was in May 2018 inside the Stubhub Center. Since then she has fought at Olympic Stadium and in Monte Carlo. Her main goal is for women to be treated as equals and one day be featured in main events on the regular.
As far as where she would like to fight, Braekhus has a big dream that she believes is possible.
“I would love to fight in the UK. I went to Joshua vs Klitschko and I still get goosebumps thinking about it,” Braekhus stated. “Even though there were 90,000 people watching, the fight overshadowed everything, it was amazing.”