Cecilia Braekhus v Jessica McCaskill ramping up ahead of August showdown
In order to promote their exciting upcoming August 15 showdown, undisputed world welterweight champion “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus (36-0, 9 KO’s) and WBC and WBA world super lightweight champion Jessica “CasKilla” McCaskill (8-2, 3 KO’s) recently conducted a virtual face off live on DAZN. The short feature was conducted by Braekhus’ promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.
Overall, the brief face-to-face was respectful and rather easy going. Both women spoke highly of their impending dance partner and expressed their eagerness to test the mettle of the other.
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CasKilla is riding high on a three-fight win streak since suffering her second professional loss to undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KO’s). That very thrilling and narrowly contested dust-up took place almost three years ago on December 13, 2017.
Following the loss, Jessica McCaskill defeated Erica Anabella Farias (26-4, 10 KO’s) to claim the WBC world super lightweight title. The newly crowned WBC champion would later beat Farias again. However, this was only after taking the WBA world super lightweight championship off Anahi Ester Sanchez’s (19-5, 11 KO’s) hands. Armed with the new wrinkles she’s added to her arsenal from this trio of title fights, CasKilla feels now is the ideal time to go after Braekhus.
“I think it’s more about using all the skills that I’ve been able to curate over the last couple of months and even the last couple of years. The things that I have learned ever since the Katie fight and fighting for world titles.”
“There is so much that you learn in each of those fights because it’s just a different level of fight each time. And so I don’t have just one style of boxing, I have multiple styles and we’re able to switch them on and off as needed and that’s what’s going to happen for this fight.”
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For her part, the undefeated Columbian raised in Norway is anxious to claim another dangerous scalp. Despite living overseas, since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Cecilia Braekhus has found herself holed up in Big Bear Lake, California. During her time there, Braekhus has adopted some of her own real life Rocky Balboa themed training.
Having spent this extensive length of time preparing for this one prizefight, the undisputed welterweight champion is dead sure that she will topple the overtly aggressive McCaskill.
“The fight with Katie Taylor was a big surprise for us all. She just came into the boxing scene and she proved that she belonged in the very top. And then she fought Farias, who is a really tough opponent, who I also fought too in my hometown Bergen in Norway, and that really impressed me a lot. So I think this is the best fight that I can get right now.”
“And I love to hear that she has been training all the time. I love to hear that she has been in the gym because I want to beat the best version of McCaskill there is.”
“…I will get my win number 37, so I am very confident. Actually being up here in Big Bear for so many months, it’s just given me another life in boxing! Before I always been on meetings, I been on phones, on emails, I been flying back and forth from LA, Norway, Norway, LA and now I just been able to, for months, to just completely and 100% focus on my boxing.”
“And I am just in the best shape! I can’t remember the last time I’ve been in this shape. So I am very confident and I cannot wait for August 15! And like I said, I want Jessica to be in the best shape because that’s the Jessica I want to beat.”
By the way they are talking, this should make for one exciting championship fight.
By: Bakari Simpson