BBC Interview of Cecilia Braekhus and Hanna Gabriels

The above is a link to the BBC web page containing the interview.

Cecilia Braekhus is considered one of the best female boxers, pound for pound, in the world. She’s known in the ring as ‘The First Lady’, because she was the first woman to be taken on by one of Europe’s biggest boxing promoters and has held all of the major boxing belts simultaneously. It hasn’t been easy for Cecilia to make it in her career: boxing was banned in her native Norway until 2014, so she had to move to Germany to succeed. But she was highly motivated and admits, “the people who do this are not ordinary people, we need the adrenalin, we need the action”. Cecilia says she doesn’t want to be seen as a sex symbol and has “respectfully” turned down offers to pose for men’s magazines. She wants fans to come to her matches to see her fight not “look up under my skirt”.

And in the other corner we have Hanna Gabriels from Costa Rica. Hanna didn’t start out as a boxer, she was a runner, but a back injury as a teenager put a stop to a promising athletic career. As a result she gained weight, which made her unhappy and her dad, who was an amateur boxer, told her to try boxing to get back into shape. Hanna fell in love with the sport and has gone on to win several international victories. She says that Costa Rica is a “soccer country”, so promoting herself outside the ring has been tough, but was amazed when she managed to get 15,000 people in a stadium to watch her fight.

The above is a snippet from the BBC site.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s