Feature | Issue | Premium | Nov 26 2019

Cecilia Braekhus: ‘To just disappear for a couple of months was a big deal. And exactly what I needed’

'I was mentally tired. Being a fighter, there’s so much going on, not just in the ring, but also outside the ring,' explains Cecilia Braekhus
Cecilia Braekhus
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THE laugh is instant, genuine and infectious. Undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus was in Mexico for the recent WBC convention, and the topic that garnered such a reaction was my assertion that I was a bit skeptical when she told me before her last couple fights that she was still finding motivation despite winning all the belts at 147 pounds with no real challenge left in sight in that division.

Maybe it’s because I caught her. She laughs again before admitting that after making history in May of 2018 by becoming the first woman to be featured on HBO World Championship Boxing, that ever-present optimism and motivation for what was next was waning.

Braekhus did fight twice more after defeating Kali Reis on HBO last year, successfully defending her titles with a win over Inna Sagaydakovskaya two months later before closing out HBO’s boxing program with a victory against Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes last December.


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