|Nickname(s)||The First Lady|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Born||28 September 1981|
|Wins by KO||9|
Cecilia Carmen Linda Brækhus (born 28 September 1981) is a Norwegian professional boxer and former kickboxer. In boxing she reigned as the undisputed female welterweight champion from 2014 to 2020, and is the first woman in any weight class to hold the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles simultaneously. She is also one of only nine boxers in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles simultaneously, along with Bernard Hopkins (2004–2005), Jermain Taylor (2005), Terence Crawford (2017), Oleksandr Usyk (2018–2019), Claressa Shields (2019–2020, 2021–), Katie Taylor (2019–), Jessica McCaskill (2020–), and Josh Taylor (2021–). In 2016, she captured the IBO title, becoming the first ever boxer to hold five world titles from sanctioning bodies simultaneously.
In 2017, the Boxing Writers Association of America named Brækhus their inaugural Female Fighter of the Year. Guinness World Records awarded her with three recognitions in 2018: the Longest Reigning Female Boxing Champion, the Longest Reign as a Four-Belt Undisputed Boxing Champion, and the Most Bouts Undefeated by a Female World Champion Boxer. As of September 2020, she is ranked as the world's second best active female welterweight by The Ring and BoxRec, and the third best active female, pound-for-pound, by The Ring, fifth by ESPN, and sixth BoxRec.
Brækhus soon began competing in amateur boxing competitions, and achieved an amateur record of 75-5-0 before turning professional.
Kickboxing career (semi-contact)
- 2003 WAKO World Champion, Semi Contact 65 kg
- 2002 WAKO Euro Champion, Semi Contact 65 kg 
- 3 National Championships
- 2 H.M. The King's Trophy
Amateur boxing career
Brækhus fought 80 matches and won 75 of them.
- Silver medal at the 2005 World Championships
- Gold medal at the 2005 European Championships
- Silver medal at the 2004 European Championships
Professional boxing career
In November 2007, she signed a pro contract with German promoter Wilfried Sauerland, who announced his intention of making her the first Norwegian woman World Champion. Her first fight was against Croatian boxer Ksenija Koprek, 20 January 2007.
Brækhus successfully defended her titles on 30 May 2009 against Amy Yuratovac in Helsinki, Finland, and on 12 September 2009 against Lucia Morelli in Herning, Denmark.
Eight months later, on 15 May 2010, Brækhus successfully defended her WBA and WBC titles against Victoria Cisneros from the United States, while winning the WBO title. The match was fought in Herning, Denmark. In a unanimous decision, the judges declared the fight for Brækhus, having won all 10 rounds. On 30 October 2010, in what was expected to be the hardest match of her career, Brækhus successfully defended her WBA, WBC and WBO titles against Mikaela Laurén from Sweden, while winning the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) title. After Brækhus having dominated the whole match, she knocked Laurén out in the 7th round. The match was fought in Rostock, Germany.
On 14 September 2014, after defeating Croatian Ivana Habazin, Brækhus became the first Norwegian and the first woman to hold all major world championship belts in her weight division (welterweight) in boxing history. In 2010, she was voted the "Female Boxer of the Year" by German boxing magazine BoxSport.
Professional boxing record
|38 fights||36 wins||2 losses|
|38||Loss||36–2||Jessica McCaskill||UD||10||13 Mar 2021||American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, US||For WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO, and inaugural The Ring female welterweight titles|
|37||Loss||36–1||Jessica McCaskill||MD||10||15 Aug 2020||Downtown Streets, Tulsa, Oklahoma, US||Lost WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|36||Win||36–0||Victoria Bustos||UD||10||30 Nov 2019||Casino de Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|35||Win||35–0||Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes||UD||10||8 Dec 2018||StubHub Center, Carson, California, US||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|34||Win||34–0||Inna Sagaydakovskaya||UD||10||21 Jul 2018||Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|33||Win||33–0||Kali Reis||UD||10||5 May 2018||StubHub Center, Carson, California, US||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|32||Win||32–0||Mikaela Laurén||TKO||6 (10), 1:35||21 Oct 2017||Oslofjord Convention Center, Stokke, Norway||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|31||Win||31–0||Erica Farias||UD||10||9 Jun 2017||Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|30||Win||30–0||Klara Svensson||UD||10||24 Feb 2017||Spektrum, Oslo, Norway||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|29||Win||29–0||Anne Sophie Mathis||TKO||2 (10), 1:05||1 Oct 2016||Spektrum, Oslo, Norway||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles|
|28||Win||28–0||Chris Namús||UD||10||27 Feb 2016||Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO female welterweight titles;|
Won vacant IBO female welterweight title
|27||Win||27–0||Jennifer Retzke||UD||10||29 Nov 2014||Falkoner Center, Frederiksberg, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|26||Win||26–0||Ivana Habazin||UD||10||14 Sep 2014||TAP1, Copenhagen, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles;|
Won IBF female welterweight title
|25||Win||25–0||Jessica Balogun||UD||10||7 Jun 2014||Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|24||Win||24–0||Myriam Lamare||UD||10||1 Feb 2014||Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|23||Win||23–0||Oxandia Castillo||TKO||9 (10), 1:51||7 Sep 2013||Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|22||Win||22–0||Mia St. John||TKO||3 (10), 1:38||13 Apr 2013||Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|21||Win||21–0||Anne Sophie Mathis||UD||10||22 Sep 2012||Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|20||Win||20–0||Jessica Balogun||UD||10||1 Jun 2012||MCH Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|19||Win||19–0||Ku'ulei Kupihea||TKO||10 (10), 0:57||3 Dec 2011||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|18||Win||18–0||Chevelle Hallback||UD||10||7 May 2011||Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|17||Win||17–0||Jill Emery||UD||10||2 Apr 2011||MCH Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|16||Win||16–0||Eva Bajic||KO||3 (10), 0:27||20 Nov 2010||MCH Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark||Retained WBC and WBO female welterweight titles|
|15||Win||15–0||Mikaela Laurén||TKO||7 (10), 0:40||30 Oct 2010||StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany||Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles|
|14||Win||14–0||Victoria Cisneros||UD||10||15 May 2010||MCH Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark||Retained WBA and WBC female welterweight titles;|
Won vacant WBO female welterweight title
|13||Win||13–0||Lucia Morelli||UD||10||12 Sep 2009||MCH Messecenter, Herning, Denmark||Retained WBA and WBC female welterweight titles|
|12||Win||12–0||Amy Yuratovac||UD||10||30 May 2009||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland||Retained WBA and WBC female welterweight titles|
|11||Win||11–0||Vinni Skovgaard||UD||10||14 Mar 2009||Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany||Won vacant WBA and WBC female welterweight titles|
|10||Win||10–0||Borislava Goranova||UD||8||25 Oct 2008||Weser-Ems Halle, Oldenburg, Germany|
|9||Win||9–0||Cimberly Harris||UD||8||20 Sep 2008||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany|
|8||Win||8–0||Nicole Woods||UD||6||21 Jun 2008||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US|
|7||Win||7–0||Adelita Irizarry||UD||6||17 May 2008||Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany|
|6||Win||6–0||Tatjana Dieckmann||UD||6||29 Mar 2008||Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany|
|5||Win||5–0||Wanda Pena Ozuna||TKO||4 (4), 1:47||26 Jan 2008||Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany|
|4||Win||4–0||Borislava Goranova||UD||6||23 Jun 2007||Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany|
|3||Win||3–0||Olga Bojare||UD||4||26 May 2007||Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany|
|2||Win||2–0||Jana Latova||KO||2 (4), 0:12||17 Feb 2007||Complexe sportif, Evere, Belgium|
|1||Win||1–0||Ksenija Koprek||UD||4||20 Jan 2007||St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland|
- "Cecilia Braekhus - BWAA Female Fighter of the Year". BoxingScene. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
- "Undisputed champ Cecilia Braekhus honored by WBC in Kiev" Archived 2018-10-24 at the Wayback Machine. World Boxing News. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
- "The Ring Women's Ratings". The Ring. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
- "BoxRec: Female welterweight ratings". boxrec.com. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- "Women's boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Did Katie Taylor do enough to take over the No. 1 spot?". ESPN.com. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
- "BoxRec: Female P4P ratings". boxrec.com. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- (in Norwegian) Profile/Blog Blog Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine at TV2blogg.no
- "Cecilia Brækhus Awakening Profile". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
- "WAKO official tournament results". Archived from the original on 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
- 2002 King's trophy recipients Archived 2014-10-20 at the Wayback Machine
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- Cecilia Braekhus new WBA 147 World Champion Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine WBAnews.com
- VG.no - Suverene Brækhus tok ny tittel
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