In a gargantuan upset, American Jessica McCaskill defeated former undisputed world welterweight champion, Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus by majority decision.
It was very good fight this Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But Cecilia came up short in her attempt to overtake Joe Louis` record of twenty five successful defenses. Set seven decades ago. It still stands.
Braekhus started the fight by using distance well and avoiding the rushing attacks of McCaskill, who came on better in the second half of the fight. The judges saw the match, which was punctuated by a lot of mauling, brawling and clinches as… 95-95, 97-93 and 97-94.
“I was thinking that it takes a lot to remove the belts from the champion. I realized that it was possible and it happened, “Jessica said.
“This win is for the fourth grade girl who was homeless. This is for the girl who just didn’t care what people thought of her and who just learned to love herself, even though she was different. This was for me now, the one who sacrifices everything to put this sport first and make a difference. That’s what this fight was about. ”
Gracious Breakhus commented: “I want to congratulate Jessica, She really wanted it. She made a great fight. I am proud and happy to pass the torch to her. I must say that I am very proud to be a part of women’s boxing right now. If this is my last fight, I am proud to have been a part of taking women’s boxing to this level. That will be my greatest achievement. ”