(JULY 4) WBAN received a press
release on a big fight on the horizon that features Cecilia
Braekhus, who will be defending her three world titles (WBA-WBC-WBO)
against Anne Sophie Mathis, of France. The two are set to
fight on September 22, in Frederikshavn. In the release,
it stated the following...
Team Sauerland is delighted to announce that Frederikshavn
will host the hotly-anticipated showdown between WBA / WBC / WBO
Champion Cecilia Braekhus (20-0, 5 KOs) and Anne Sophie Mathis
(26-2, 22 KOs) on September 22 when the Nordic Fight Night
returns to Arena Nord.
“It´s finally on,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “This will be
the biggest fight of Cecilia´s career and we are thrilled to
stage it as close to Norway as possible. There will be so many
Norwegian fans coming over to support their First Lady in a
clash that will surely go down in the history books. There are
so many intriguing questions: Who is the
best female fighter in the world? Can Cecilia use her superior
skills to outbox Mathis? Or will Mathis overpower Cecilia to
clinch another spectacular win away from home? We will finally
have all the answers on September 22, and I am confident they
will all be in Cecilia´s favour.”
Braekhus and Mathis were originally scheduled to fight in
March/April. However, problems with her tonsils forced Braekhus
to postpone the clash twice. After surgery to have them removed,
the First Lady returned in style on June 2, cruising to a clear
points victory over highly-ranked
contender Jessica Balogun at the Nordic Fight Night in Herning.
Mathis remained active as well, battling out the rematch with US
superstar Holly Holm.
While the first fight ended in a
brutal KO victory for
Mathis, Holm won the second meeting on points (96-94, 97-93,
“Holm did not want to fight, all she did was running away from
Mathis,” Braekhus said. “I know for sure that Mathis will be
coming to Frederikshavn to fight it out with me and I will be
prepared for that. The last result will have made her even more
determined and more dangerous for me.”
Braekhus is glad that the fans will finally get the chance to
see this fight. “I would have loved to fight her earlier this
year and I am excited that we finally get the chance to meet in
the ring,” she added.
“Getting my tonsils removed was a major setback for me, I felt
very sorry for all my Norwegian fans who had looked forward to
It´s great that Team Sauerland has arranged the new clash so
Mathis is eager to finally get into the ring with Braekhus. “I
have a lot of respect for Braekhus, she is undefeated and holds
three world titles – but only until September 22,” Mathis said.
“Unlike my second duel with Holm, this fight will be a true
boxing highlight. It will be competed at the very highest level
from both of us. I have got what it
takes to dethrone Braekhus in Frederikshavn and I will train
hard for my goal to take her three titles back with me to
France. The winner may proudly call herself the best female
boxer in the world.”
The full card for the Nordic Fight Night at Arena Nord will be
announced shortly. Tickets are available at arenanord.dk.