(MAY 28) Five times World
Champion and female superstar Cecilia Braekhus was thrilled
after participating at the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing, China
The colombian-born Norwegian
holds all five titles (WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO) in the
welterweight division, and is reckon as pound-for-pound the best
female fighter in the world.
For her outstanding performances over eight years on the
professional scene, where she as now stands with the perfect
record of 28-0, she was named as IBF's "Female fighter of the
Year", and received her award at the last day of the IBF
convention this week.
Braekhus is the first female fighter who becomes undisputed
champion of the World.
Said Braekhus after receiving the award:
- I am very proud and honoured. I am also thankful after a
week in Beijing and at the different events arranged by the IBF.
been great fun to meet some of the legends that has been here,
as well as thousands of fantastic chinese boxin fans. But it has
also been important to expose female boxing and female fighters.
I feel that the IBF gives us the recognition we deserve.
After eight years with Sauerland Promotion Braekhus chose not to
renew her contract as it expired in 2014, and has instead build
up her own First Lady Promotion. Her promotion company has later
teamed up with the Klitschko-brothers and their «K2», as well as
IMG, the company that represents and manages some of the world’s
greatest sports figures and fashion icons.
Norway lifted the ban against professional boxing in December
2014, and Braekhus, who has been forced to box out of Germany as
a result of the ban, aims to be the first Norwegian to fight in
Norway since the ban was determined in 1981.
- It’s been very sad for me not to be able to box in Norway. I
lot of fans there and defending my titles in front of a home
crowd would be a dream come true. Now that the ban has been
lifted we just have to finalize some last details before we can
bring boxing back home to Norway again, says Braekhus.