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Preview: McCaskill vs Brækhus II

Last year, the welterweight division in women’s professional boxing was turned upside down, as an 11-year reign over the weight class finally ended. In August, underdog Jessica McCaskill outpointed the undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus, giving one of the greatest female fighters of all-time her first defeat. Now, seven months after the first meeting, the pair will run it back.

Photo by Ed Mulholland | Matchroom Boxing

McCaskill (9-2, 3 KO), now the undisputed welterweight champion, will defend all four of the major world titles against Braekhus (36-1, 9 KO) on March 13. The bout will co-headline a stacked DAZN card at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, which will feature the rematch between super flyweights Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez as the main event.

Although she had only 10 fights on her record before challenging Braekhus in 2020, McCaskill accomplished a considerable amount up to that point. After losing a decision to pound-for-pound talent Katie Taylor in a lightweight title fight in 2017, McCaskill moved up to junior welterweight and won the WBC title, winning a decision over Erica Farias in her next fight. She then went on to win the WBA title from Anahi Ester Sanchez via decision in 2019, making her a unified champion with two belts. McCaskill defended the titles against Farias in a rematch before moving up to challenge Braekhus the following year.

Photo by Ed Mulholland | Matchroom Boxing

Also known as “The First Lady”, Braekhus won two major welterweight titles in 2009, and then collected the two other belts over the course of five years to unify the division. She then went on to make 10 successful defences of the undisputed championship, before coming up short against McCaskill the first time around. The First Lady is a fitting name for Braekhus since she has been a trailblazer for women’s boxing in many ways: from accomplishing the longest title reign in women’s boxing history, to being featured in the first women’s boxing match to be aired on HBO.

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The first meeting between McCaskill and Braekhus was a close call, and many observers felt that Braekhus could have won the fight herself. During the first half of the bout, McCaskill was pushing the pace and fighting aggressively like she usually does. But then in the second half, she began to tire a bit, and Braekhus’ skill and experience advantage became more evident. However, the judges—except for the one who called it a draw—favoured the more aggressive combatant.

On March 13, McCaskill will be presented with the opportunity to earn a more convincing win over Braekhus and further cement her status as the best welterweight in the world. Braekhus, who had been considering retirement prior to the first fight, will have a chance to right that wrong, regain the championship, and perhaps end her career with the distinction of having beaten every fighter she’s stepped in the ring with.

Fighter’s Form (last 5 fights):

Jessica McCaskill

Cecilia Braekhus - WIN by MD (97-93, 97-94, 95-95) - 15/08/2020

Erica Farias - WIN by MD (97-91, 96-92, 94-94) - 12/10/2019

Anahi Ester Sanchez - WIN by UD (99-91, 98-92, 96-94) - 25/05/2019

Erica Farias - WIN by UD (98-92, 97-93, 96-94) - 06/10/2018

Katie Taylor- LOSS by UD (98-91, 97-92, 97-92) - 13/12/2017

Cecilia Braekhus

Jessica McCaskill - LOSS by MD (97-93, 97-94, 94-94) - 15/08/2020

Victoria Bustos - WIN by UD (99-91, 98-92, 98-92) - 30/11/2019

Aleksandra Madziak Lopes - WIN by UD (100-90, 99-91, 99-91) - 08/12/2018

Inna Sagaydakovskaya - WIN by UD (98-92, 98-92, 97-93) - 21/07/2018

Kali Reis - WIN by UD (97-92, 96-93, 96-93) - 05/05/2018

Event Information:

Date: March 13th, 2021

Time: 1 am (UK), 5pm (PT), 8pm (ET)

Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA

Channel: DAZN

Elsewhere on the card

In the main event of the card, Juan Francisco Estrada (41-3, 28 KO) will take on Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (50-2, 41 KO) in their highly anticipated rematch, for the WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine super flyweight titles. In the bout preceding McCaskill-Braekhus 2, WBA and Ring Magazine light flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9 KO) will defend against Axel Vega (14-3-1, 8 KO).


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