Oxandia Castillo, Cecilia Braekhus

By:  Sauerland Promotion –

In the Norwegian main event of the evening, WBA, WBO & WBC Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) confirmed her pound-for-pound number one rating with an impressive ninth-round TKO victory over previously unbeaten Oxandia Castillo (12-1, 9 KO). The WBO Female Light Middleweight Champion started out aggressively, but Braekhus took control early, cleverly outboxing her 18-year-old opponent. Soon she stamped her authority on the battle and picked Castillo apart with one-two punches – much to the delight of the many Norwegian fans in attendance. In the ninth, the referee eventually stepped in to save Castillo from further punishment.

“She should not have taken my belts after the press conference,” Braekhus said. “They are mine and mine alone. But let me add one thing: Oxandia is extremely talented and I am sure that she will be the pound-for-pound number one in a few years when I am retired. It was an extremely tough fight, she was very good, but I am happy I defeated her.”

Ceciliea33834092Said Castillo: “I want to congratulate Cecilia, she is the best in the world and she deserved to win tonight.”

Said Sauerland: “Cecilia is the pound-for-pound number one and she once again proved that tonight.”



The first meeting between WBA, WBC and WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KOs), the pound-for-pound number one, and WBO Light Middleweight Champion Oxandia Castillo (12-0, 9 KOs) came to a dramatic conclusion on Thursday afternoon. While the First Lady was giving interviews after the final press conference, Castillo grabbed the three belts and posed for pictures with them. “They will be mine on Saturday, I will take them home,” she said.

The clash of unbeaten champions at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark is just two days away. “She should not have taken my belts, I am not happy about it,” Braekhus said. “I have never seen anyone do that before. Anyway, it´s the closest she will get to them. She will never touch them again. I will defend them on Saturday and take them back home with me.”

When promoter Nisse Sauerland heard about the happenings, he was shocked by the “disrespectful behaviour” of the 18-year-old.

“It is a big insult to take the belts,” Sauerland stated. “You have to earn the belts, you cannot just take them. Oxandia crossed a line and Cecilia will make her pay for it on Saturday night.”

On Saturday, Braekhus can once again be counting on the ferocious support from Norwegian and Danish fans. “The support in Frederikshavn has always been fantastic and we will put on a great fight on Saturday,” she stated. “It´s something special to fight here.”

Castillo is unimpressed by the prospect of entering an arena packed with a hostile crowd. “That´s no problem for me. When I knocked out Hanna Gabriel, I had no support either. I will be at my best on Saturday and win the titles.”

In the Danish main event, WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Patrick (19-0, 9 KOs) Nielsen takes on Patrick Majewski (21-1, 13 KOs). The WBO Intercontinental Title will also be at stake. The Nordic Fight Night will be broadcast live across Scandinavia on the Viasat channels.



Pound-for-pound number one Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KOs) will defend her WBA, WBC and WBO Female Welterweight Titles against WBO Female Light Middleweight Champion Oxandia Castillo (12-0-2, 9 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn on September 7. Here is the latest from the First Lady prior to the clash of champions.

Q: It´s not long until the fight, how has the training been going?

CB: “Everything is going fine. We are training twice a day at the Max-Schmeling-Gym, normal training in the morning and then sparring in the afternoon. That´s very exhausting but just what I need to be in top shape. I need to be at my very best to beat an opponent like Oxandia.”

Q: Just like you, Oxandia is an unbeaten champion. She just shocked the boxing world with a KO win over Hanna Gabriel. What do you think of her?

CB: “She is young, hungry and very strong. That´s a dangerous mixture. She has a lot of power, so I must not get hit. In boxing, one punch can change the whole fight. I have to be very concentrated for the full ten rounds. I have a lot of respect for Oxandia. The way she defeated Gabriel was impressive.”

Q: Have you changed anything in your training routine to prepare for her?

CB: “Not really. We do little things differently all the time. This time, we wanted to add a little bit of strength, so we have worked on that. But you can´t really change too much. It´s important to keep your own style and make sure you are in top shape, which I will be on September 7.”

Q: It´s not often that you face fighters who are that much younger than you. What is that like?

CB: “It´s no problem. I am super fit, so even though she is younger, she won´t be in better shape. But I see a little bit of myself in her. I remember the time when I was 18, ready to take on the entire world. I wanted to be the number one and I wanted to fight everyone. I worked very hard to become world champion and the pound-for-pound number one. I won´t let her take that away from me.”

Q: What do you think of fighting in Frederikshavn again?

CB: “I love fighting in Frederikshavn. Arena Nord is a great place for boxing. The support of the Danish fans has always been fantastic. And of course there will be hundreds of Norwegians coming over, which really means a lot to me. It´s so good to have their support. Boxing is a great sport… for the athletes, the fans on TV and especially for the fans in attendance. It´s one of the great live sporting experiences. I want to invite all the Norwegian fans to come to Frederikshavn to see me fight Castillo. It will be a dramatic and exciting night.”

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available at www.arenanord.dk. Fellow Norwegians Simen Smaadal and Tim-Robin Lihaug will also be in action.


Hanna Gabriel-Oxandia-Castillo (9)

La campeona dominicana Oxandia Castillo tendrá un gran reto el siete de septiembre cuando se mida a la colombiana Cecilia Braekhus, unificada monarca welter por tres organizaciones.

Braekhus ha realizado once defensas  exitosas al hilo de sus coronas de las 147 libras de la Asociación, Consejo y Organización Mundial de Boxeo (AMB, CMB y OMB).

El título de las 154 libras de la dominicana no estará en juego.

La pelea a distancia de diez rondas tendrá como escenario la Arena Nord, en Frederikshavn, Dinamarca.

La colombiana posee un record de 22-0, con 6 nocauts, mientras que Oxandia tiene 12-0-2, con 9 nocaut.

La dominicana lleva cinco meses sin pelear.



Photo: Dario Figueredo

By Robert Coster –

When Dominican Oxandia Castillo won the female WBO jr midlleweight title by stopping favored Hanna Gabriel in Costa Rica on February 28th of this year, she became at 18 boxing’s youngest current world titleholder, male or female. The previously unknown Castillo (12-0-2, 9 KOs) was given a hero’s welcome in her homeland. Many Dominican boxing fans identified with Oxandia, a young girl that overcame poverty and a difficult family situation through effort and determination. Says manager Jose Rafael Lantigua, “There are other girls here that have won world titles but Oxandia, in particular, touched a soft spot with the fans.” Fightnews caught up with the teenage champion flanked by her manager and trainer Alcibiades to know more about her and her Cinderella story.

Oxandia, how did you get your start in boxing?

I was 12. I was living at home with my Mom and six siblings. There was always a lot of fights at home, we were cramped. I felt so restless. But there was this older girl called Grecia Nova. She was a national boxing champion. I used to see her pass by. She dressed well. I wanted to be like her and I asked her to take me to her gym. When I got there, I decided that boxing was going to be my life.

Question: You decided you wanted to become a boxer at age 12 ?

Answers Trainer Alcibiades: She started training and immediately I could see she was special. She was a natural athlete, strong and powerful. And she was so disciplined and focused. I was impressed. I went to her mother and convinced her to let Oxandia move in with me and my family. I told the mother ‘Your daughter has a special talent. Don’t let it go to waste.’ Oxandia became not only my boxer but almost, my adopted daughter.

So, Oxandia, you fought as an amateur?

Yes, three years. At age 15, I had no more opponents so I decided to turn pro and I also quit school to dedicate myself to boxing.

You quit school for boxing? Something of a gamble to do that, no?

Yes but it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t succeed in boxing.

What was your first important fight?

I only had 5 pro fights. I was 16 and I was put against Cindy Serrano of Puerto Rico who had 19 fights and been a former world champion. People thought I was going to be massacred but Alcibiades told me I had the style to beat Cindy. After 6 rounds, they called it a draw but most people believed I had won the fight. After the bout, Mr Lantigua and his partner Wilfredo Rivera of Puerto Rico offered me a contract. The fight with Cindy was my big break.

Tell us about the title fight with Hanna Gabriel?

Hanna is a national hero in Costa Rica, she was the unbeaten WBO Champion. When Mr Lantigua told me of this fight, I knew the time had come to make it happen. I was so confident. At the weigh-in before the fight, Hanna came in, very glamourous with a beautiful attire and all the press was around her. When we squared off, I looked her straight in the eyes. I said to her “This is not a beauty contest. You’re going down!” At that moment, she stopped smiling and playing the movie star. I think she saw the determination in my eyes.

Tell us about the knockout.

Yes, I had only one plan–knock her out. I didn’t want it to go to the scorecards. When I connected with the straight right to her chin in the second round and I saw her slump to the canvas, I realized that she wasn’t going to get up.

Since you’ve won the title, how have things changed for you?

All the attention, the press, being received by the authorities. But I don’t want it to go to my head. I am the same Oxandia. This is just the beginning. I am defending the title in Panama in July.

Intervenes manager Lantigua: Outside the ring, Oxandia is a regular teenager. But she’s different when it comes to her life as a boxer. She’s so mature, so disciplined, so incredibly focused. She knows what she wants and she’s willing to do the sacrifices. That is why she’s so ferocious in the ring.

In a nutshell, Oxandia, what is the most your are aiming for as a boxer?

I want to be a three division world champion: at 147, 154 and 160lbs. My trainer tells me that my body is still growing so I think I can go up to 160. I can also make 147 easy. But first thing first: I have to retain my title in July. I want to prove to everybody that my winning the title was no fluke.