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2020

Cecilia Braekhus, 36-1, hints at retirement after suffering first career defeat

Phil Jay 16/08/2020
Cecilia Braekhus defeat

Melina Pizano

Cecilia Braekhus is contemplating retirement after surrendering her undisputed welterweight crown and missing out on a long-standing Joe Louis record.

Facing Jessica McCaskill on the streets of Tulsa, Braekhus knew a victory would edge her past the 25-title defense record of the great heavyweight Louis.

It wasn’t to be as McCaskill remained the busier fighter to see out a majority verdict on the Matchroom Boxing USA bill.

McCaskill is now certain to move on to a rematch with Katie Taylor in late 2020 or early 2021. Braekhus, on the other hand, is unsure of her future.

“I don’t want to talk about that right now. I want to congratulate Jessica, she really wanted it. She did a great match. I am proud and happy to pass the torch to her.

“I have to say, I am so proud to be part of women’s boxing right now. If this is my last fight, I am proud that I was part of taking women’s boxing to this level. That will be my biggest achievement.”

On the points reverse, Braekhus added: “Jessica just threw more punches and really, really wanted it.

“I am not going to say anything more. I am just going to congratulate her. Take good care of those belts.


CECILIA BRAEKHUS FUTURE

“I’ve done so much. I miss my friends and family. Women’s boxing is in such a good place right now – they will be fine without me.”

Dropping to 36-1, Braekhus could still push for two-weight honors at 154, although the feelings in defeat remain too raw to consider at the moment.

All eyes now switch to Taylor as Boxing on DAZN returns next Saturday, August 22, live from Matchroom’s HQ in Essex, England, with the conclusion of Fight Camp.

In the main event, two top 10 heavyweights – Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin – will battle for the chance to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC world title strap held by Tyson Fury.

In the co-main event, undefeated and undisputed world lightweight champion Katie Taylor will meet Delfine Persoon in a rematch of their June 2019 all-action battle.

The action begins on DAZN at 2 p.m. ET.

Phil Jay is Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.