On June 7 in Schwerin, Germany, the “First Lady” of boxing, Cecilia Braekhus will defend her WBO, WBC, & WBA welterweight titles in a rematch with Jessica “The Hammer” Balogun. Braekhus (24-0, 7 KOs) Bergen, Norway, successfully defended the above-mentioned titles winning a ten-round unanimous decision over Balogun (24-3, 12 KOs) Aachen, Germany, in June 2012, but the hard punching challenger showed well winning three rounds on two of the scorecards. The bout will be televised by Germany ARD and Hungary Sport 2 and is promoted by Chris Meyer (Sauerland Event).
Braekhus, 32, appeared to be at the peak of her game on February 1 at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark, when she dominated French boxing star, Myriam Lamare.
Braekhus said, “I can not wait to get back in the ring again. I’ve been training hard the last five-six weeks, hoping to get a fight before the summer. Now I am very happy, and very pleased that Team Sauerland and Team Braekhus have left our winter and spring disagreements behind us, and found a common path that is good for both parties. My great desire to fight on German TV is an added bonus.”
Balogun, on March 1 lost a one-sided unanimous decision to WBF & WBO middleweight champion, Christina Hammer in a bid for Hammer’s middleweight titles. Most recently, she stopped light middleweight Edita Lesnik, in two rounds in a tune-up for her challenge of Braekhus.
Braekhus said of her challenger, “Balogun is a strong opponent and must not be overlooked. She gave Cecilia a tough test the first time around and will be out for revenge in Schwerin.”
Mark A. Jones
Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: May 2014
1- Cecilia Braekhus (24-0, 7 KOs) Norway
2- Marcela Eilana Acuna (41-6-1, 18 KOs) Argentina
3- Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) Germany
4- Yesica Yolanda Bopp (27-1, 12 KOs) Argentina
5- Delfine Persoon (29-1, 13 KOs) Belgium
6- Diana Prazak (13-2, 9 KOs) Australia/USA
7- Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3, 23 KOs) France
8- Erica Anabella Farias (19-1, 9 KOs) Argentina
9- Jelena Mrdjenovich (32-9-1, 16 KOs) Canada
10- Ibeth Zamora-Silva (20-5, 8 KOs) Mexico
11- Jessica Chavez (20-3-3, 4 KOs) Mexico
12- Naoko Fujioka (11-0, 6 KOs) Japan