Cecilia Brækhus

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Cecilia Brækhus
Cecilia Brækhus (looking up).jpg
Brækhus modelling at the Oslo Fashion Show, 2010
Statistics
Real name Cecilia Carmen Linda Brækhus
Nickname(s) The First Lady
Weight(s) Welterweight
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Nationality Norwegian
Born (1981-09-28) 28 September 1981 (age 36)
Cartagena, Colombia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 34
Wins by KO 9
Losses 0

Cecilia Carmen Linda Brækhus (born 28 September 1981) is a Norwegian professional boxer and former kickboxer. In boxing she has reigned as the undisputed female welterweight champion since 2014, 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 five boxers in history, female or male, to hold all four titles simultaneously, along with Bernard Hopkins (2004–2005), Jermain Taylor (2005), Terence Crawford (2017), and Oleksandr Usyk (2018). In 2017, the Boxing Writers Association of America named Brækhus their inaugural Female Fighter of the Year.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Brækhus was adopted as a two-year-old by Norwegian parents and raised in the Sandviken area of Bergen.[2] Brækhus started kickboxing at the age of fourteen.

Brækhus soon began competing in amateur boxing competitions, and achieved an amateur record of 75-5-0 before turning professional.[3]

Kickboxing career (semi-contact)[edit]

Amateur boxing career[edit]

Professional boxing career[edit]

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.[2] Her first fight was against Croatian boxer Ksenija Koprek, 20 January 2007.[6]

On 14 March 2009, she became the WBC World Champion in welterweight against Danish boxer Vinni Skovgaard. She also captured the vacant WBA female welterweight title.[7]

Brækhus successfully defended her titles on May 30, 2009 against Amy Yuratovac in Helsinki, Finland, and on September 12, 2009 against Lucia Morelli in Herning, Denmark.

Brækhus after defending her titles against Jill Emery, 2011

Eight months later, on May 15, 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.[8][9] On October 30, 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.[10]

On September 14, 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.[11] In 2010, she was voted the "Female Boxer of the Year" by German boxing magazine BoxSport.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
34 fights 34 wins 0 losses
By knockout 9 0
By decision 25 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
34 Win 34–0 Russia Inna Sagaydakovskaya UD 10 21 Jul 2018 Russia Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles
33 Win 33–0 United States Kali Reis UD 10 5 May 2018 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, US Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles
32 Win 32–0 Sweden Mikaela Laurén TKO 6 (10), 1:35 21 Oct 2017 Norway Oslofjord Convention Center, Stokke, Norway Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles
31 Win 31–0 Argentina Erica Farias UD 10 9 Jun 2017 Norway Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles
30 Win 30–0 Sweden Klara Svensson UD 10 24 Feb 2017 Norway Spektrum, Oslo, Norway Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles
29 Win 29–0 France Anne Sophie Mathis TKO 2 (10), 1:05 1 Oct 2016 Norway Spektrum, Oslo, Norway Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and IBO female welterweight titles
28 Win 28–0 Uruguay Chris Namus UD 10 27 Feb 2016 Germany Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO female welterweight titles;
Won vacant IBO female welterweight title
27 Win 27–0 Germany Jennifer Retzke UD 10 29 Nov 2014 Denmark Falkoner Center, Frederiksberg, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO female welterweight titles
26 Win 26–0 Croatia Ivana Habazin UD 10 14 Sep 2014 Denmark TAP1, Copenhagen, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles;
Won IBF female welterweight title
25 Win 25–0 Germany Jessica Balogun UD 10 7 Jun 2014 Germany Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
24 Win 24–0 France Myriam Lamare UD 10 1 Feb 2014 Denmark Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
23 Win 23–0 Dominican Republic Oxandia Castillo TKO 9 (10), 1:51 7 Sep 2013 Denmark Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
22 Win 22–0 United States Mia St. John TKO 3 (10), 1:38 13 Apr 2013 Denmark Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
21 Win 21–0 France Anne Sophie Mathis UD 10 22 Sep 2012 Denmark Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
20 Win 20–0 Germany Jessica Balogun UD 10 1 Jun 2012 Denmark MCH Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
19 Win 19–0 United States Ku'ulei Kupihea TKO 10 (10), 0:57 3 Dec 2011 Finland Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
18 Win 18–0 United States Chevelle Hallback UD 10 7 May 2011 Denmark Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
17 Win 17–0 United States Jill Emery UD 10 2 Apr 2011 Denmark MCH Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
16 Win 16–0 Serbia Eva Bajic KO 3 (10), 0:27 20 Nov 2010 Denmark MCH Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark Retained WBC and WBO female welterweight titles
15 Win 15–0 Sweden Mikaela Laurén TKO 7 (10), 0:40 30 Oct 2010 Germany StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany Retained WBA, WBC, and WBO female welterweight titles
14 Win 14–0 United States Victoria Cisneros UD 10 15 May 2010 Denmark MCH Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark Retained WBA and WBC female welterweight titles;
Won vacant WBO female welterweight title
13 Win 13–0 Italy Lucia Morelli UD 10 12 Sep 2009 Denmark MCH Messecenter, Herning, Denmark Retained WBA and WBC female welterweight titles
12 Win 12–0 United States Amy Yuratovac UD 10 30 May 2009 Finland Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland Retained WBA and WBC female welterweight titles
11 Win 11–0 Denmark Vinni Skovgaard UD 10 14 Mar 2009 Germany Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany Won vacant WBA and WBC female welterweight titles
10 Win 10–0 Bulgaria Borislava Goranova UD 8 25 Oct 2008 Germany Weser-Ems Halle, Oldenburg, Germany
9 Win 9–0 United States Cimberly Harris UD 8 20 Sep 2008 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany
8 Win 8–0 United States Nicole Woods UD 6 21 Jun 2008 United States Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US
7 Win 7–0 United States Adelita Irizarry UD 6 17 May 2008 Germany Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Germany Tatjana Dieckmann UD 6 29 Mar 2008 Germany Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany
5 Win 5–0 Dominican Republic Wanda Pena Ozuna TKO 4 (4), 1:47 26 Jan 2008 Germany Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
4 Win 4–0 Bulgaria Borislava Goranova UD 6 23 Jun 2007 Germany Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Latvia Olga Bojare UD 4 26 May 2007 Germany Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany
2 Win 2–0 Slovakia Jana Latova KO 2 (4) 17 Feb 2007 Belgium Complexe sportif, Evere, Belgium
1 Win 1–0 Croatia Ksenija Koprek UD 4 20 Jan 2007 Switzerland St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland

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Sporting positions
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Jennifer Retzke
IBO female welterweight champion
27 February 2016 – present
Incumbent
Major world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Holly Holm
WBA female welterweight champion
14 March 2009 – present
Incumbent
WBC female welterweight champion
14 March 2009 – present
Vacant
Title last held by
Hanna Gabriel
WBO female welterweight champion
15 May 2010 – present
Preceded by
Ivana Habazin
IBF female welterweight champion
13 September 2014 – present
Inaugural champion Undisputed female welterweight champion
13 September 2014 – present
Awards
Inaugural award BWAA Female Fighter of the Year
2017
Incumbent