Undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus will already go down as one of the best women’s boxers of all time, but the 38-year-old isn’t sounding close to done with her career, and will return Aug. 15 in a DAZN main event from downtown Tulsa.
Braekhus (36-0, 9 KO) will put her four titles on the line against 140-pound titleholder Jessica McCaskill (8-2, 3 KO), a better fighter than her record might indicate. The 35-year-old McCaskill, a Chicago native, lost her second pro fight back in 2016, and lost to Katie Taylor in 2017, but has won three straight, including taking the WBC junior welterweight title from Erica Farias in Oct. 2018.
Braekhus says she’s been training as hard as ever, working in Big Bear, California, with the veteran trainer Abel Sanchez, and that she feels “more complete and dangerous” heading into the bout.
“I’ve been in Big Bear since January because I wanted to be back in the ring as soon as possible and wanted everyone to know that I’d be ready at the first opportunity,” said Braekhus. “When I got the chance to be one of the first to fight for Matchroom on a big show I was very happy.
“I’m in the best shape ever, I feel amazing. I feel strong, I’m in the best condition I’ve ever been in and I’ve worked great with Abel. We’ve made small adjustments; we’re not trying to make me a new fighter but just take the things that I’m already good at and adding things to it to make me a more complete and dangerous fighter.”
Braekhus last fought in Nov. 2019, beating Victoria Bustos by decision in Monte Carlo. The Aug. 15 bout will be her first in the United States since Dec. 2018, when she beat Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes in the final HBO boxing main event. The McCaskill bout will be Braekhus’ third fight in the States overall, having made her U.S. debut in May 2018 against Kali Reis.
McCaskill last fought in Oct. 2019, beating Farias in a rematch. If Braekhus wins on Aug. 15, there has been a lot of talk of her possibly facing undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor at some point, in a catchweight bout. Taylor returns Aug. 22 in a rematch with Delfine Persoon.