Cecilia Braekhus to Challenge Patricia Berghult to Become a Two-division Champion
After suffering back-to-back losses to Jessica “CasKILLA” McCaskill in 2020 and 2021, where she relinquished her undisputed welterweight status, Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus (36-2, 9KOs) returns to the ring on August 13. When she steps into the squared circle for the first time since March of 2021, she’ll be doing so against WBC 154-pound champion Patricia Berghult (15-0, 3KOs).
Braekhus fought as a welterweight since making her pro debut back in 2007. This bout gives her a chance to become a two-division world champion. One of women’s boxing’s greatest fighters, Braekhus has already stamped her spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. However, at the age of 40, she’s not quite ready to call it a career.
As for her opponent, Berghult is unbeaten and hails from Sweden. The 28-year old picked up the vacant WBC strap defeating Olivia Belkacem by unanimous decision last November. Exactly two years prior to that win, she would earn the Interim WBC title by beating the tough and respected Hannah Rankin by unanimous decision in 2019.
Former undisputed champ Braekhus will head into this fight as the favorite. A win over Berghult to capture another title in a second division, plus the possibility of unifying with the other champions in the division, would greatly further enhance the First Lady’s legacy.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher