Female boxing deserves more media attention, especially when it involves high level matches such as the one scheduled for Friday, February 24 between undisputed champion Cecilia Braekhus and mandatory challenger Klara Svensson; another reason this fight deserves special attention is because the bout will take place at The Spectrum in Oslo, Norway, this is just the second time Braekhus will be fighting at home, since the 33-year ban on professional boxing ended in 2015.
Who is Cecilia Braekhus?
If you are a boxing fan, you can probably answer this question easily. But for those of you that just watch an occasional fight, here’s what you need to know.
Cecilia Carmen Lina Braekhus is 35 years-old, she was actually born in South America, more precisely in the beautiful and sunny Cartagena, Colombia. She was adopted when she was 2 by a Norwegian couple and she lived her whole life in this country.
“The First Lady” as she is known in the ring, began her career in contact sports at the age of 14 when she started kickboxing; she turned to boxing at 22. When she started boxing as a pro she had to move away from home, due to Norway’s “knockout law”, which banned any sport where victory or points could be scored by way of knockout.
Braekhus won her first world title in 2009, and to this date she remains undefeated with 29 wins. “The First Lady” is the WBC/WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO World Female Welterweight Champion and continues to make history in female boxing.
Braekhus next challenge: Klara Svensson
Swedish Klara Svensson is 29 years-old, she is the current WBC interim World Female Welterweight Champion, which she earned after a Unanimous Decision win over Mikaela Lauren back in September 2016. The “Swedish Princess” has a professional record of 17 wins and 1 loss, this one loss in her record came by UD at the hands of Erica Farias in 2015.
Braekhus vs. Svensson:
Both fighters have similar physical characteristics, with Svensson being slightly taller. Their KO percentage is the same, 28%. The First Lady’s advantage comes hand in hand with her experience, she is a good technical boxer and is a smart fighter.
Svensson is younger than Braekhus, she is also fast and a good boxer; however, she has never faced anyone of the level of Braekhus, this is her opportunity to shine and this is probably a big motivator for her, but we’ll have to see if this is enough to take the throne away from boxing’s queen.