(FEB 23) Earlier this month,
Sauerland Promotion announced, that Cecilia Brækhus (10-0-0) will
meet Vinni Skovgaard (7-0-0) for the vacant WBA/WBC welterweight
titles. The fight will take place on the under card of the Arthur
Abraham vs Lajuan Simon under card in Kiel, Germany on 14th of
Cecilia Brækhus is the only female
boxer under contract with Sauerland, and this is the first time the
promotion company features a women's world title fight with
participation from their own crop. Sauerland is to be commended for
making such an even match up on their entrance on the women's world
championship boxing stage.
Both boxers have unblemished pro records and very impressive amateur
records, each winning European Championships and taking medals at
the world championships. As amateurs they have met 5 times in the
light welterweight division, with Brækhus winning 3 and Skovgaard 2.
Vinni Skovgaard, whose natural weight class is light welterweight,
has stepped up a weight division for the title shot. She is the
reigning EBU Light Welterweight European champion, and has won all
of her 7 fights since she turned pro in early 2007. She began boxing
as amateur in 1998 and had her last amateur bout in October 2006,
incidentally against Cecilia Brækhus. Her achievements as amateur
includes Gold Medals at the European Championship in 2004 and 2006,
Bronze medal at the World Championships 2005, besides National,
Scandinavian and International championship wins, too numerous to
Vinni Skovgaard moved from her native
Vejle to Copenhagen to devote all her time on her boxing career
shortly after she joined the pro ranks. She is trained by Poul
Duvill / Ivor de Lima, and managed by former European Welterweight
Champion Hans Henrik Palm. Skovgaard has been suffering from the
lack of action on the Danish pro scene, a situation that started
even before the world wide financial crisis. This has kept her from
the ring since June last year,
Cecilia Brækhus was born in Columbia, but spent her formative years
in Bergen, Norway and has Norwegian citizenship. Her route into the
square ring came through kickboxing, which she took up at the age of
14. Her merits in semi contact kick boxing include both a World
Championship Gold Medal and an European Championship Gold.
She later changed to amateur boxing
and soon found herself among the top athletes in the light
welterweight division. At the end of her amateur career she could
muster a stunning record of 75-5-0. She won a Gold medal at the 2005
European Championship and Silver at the 2006 World Championships and
the 2004 European Championships. Brækhus had her first pro fight in
She signed up with Saurland
Promotion, as the very first female boxer - and so far the only one
- in March 2008. She has moved from Norway to Berlin, where she is
under the tutelage of the famous trainer Ulli Wegner, who has been
in the corner for a number of world champions.
Brækhus has made a good impression on the German boxing fans.
Despite very limited exposure on TV
and less than a year in the German Rings, she managed to be voted
3rd best female pro boxer in Germany by the Box-Sport Magazine,
outranked only by Susi Kentikian and Ina Menzer.
The two fighters are hardly household names outside Scandinavia and,
in Brækhus’s case, Germany. Hence this rather long introduction. But
they are both champion material. They have both won European amateur
championships, where you have to meet and beat all comers to claim
I would be surprised if they do not
produce a top class title fight. Brækhus no doubt has the odds
slightly on her side, boxing in front of her home crowd, and being
able to stay in her weight class, while Skovgaard has to move up
from light welterweight to welterweight for the title shot.
But Vinni Skovgaard is known for not
doing anything by halves, and will enter the ring in Kiel top fit,
well prepared and hungry to get back into battle, almost 10 months
after her last fight.