BRAEKHUS AND MATHIS READY FOR HISTORIC UNIFIED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN OSLO
Something MUST give! Braekhus VS Mathis poised for historic Unified World Championship in Oslo
Undisputed WBC female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus and challenger Anne Sophie Mathis are ready for their historic clash this Saturday, at the Spectrum Arena in Oslo, Norway.
Labeled “Homecoming”, Braekhus will fight for the very first time in front of her home fans, after the Norwegian government lifted the ban on professional boxing earlier this year.
Because the sport had been prohibited for 35 years in her homeland, the “First Lady” had to start her pro career in Germany, and then become a road warrior, competing in Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and Finland.
When the “Homecoming” fight was announced the 9,000 seat Spectrum Arena sold out in just two hours.
Braekhus and Mathis know each other all “Two” well. In September 2012 they went the distance, battling for ten exciting and absorbing rounds, with Cecilia earning a close decision win (97-93 on all three cards) in Frederikshavn, Denmark.
Now the 39-year-old challenger will try her utmost to spoil the homely celebration, attempting to take Braekhus’ impressive collection of World Championship belts back home to France.
At today’s official weigh-in, Mathis was slightly lighter than the champ weighing in at 66.3 kg (146.1 lbs) while Braekhus touched the scale at the limit of 66.6 kg (147 lbs.).