Braekhus defends WBO/WBC/WBA Female Welterweight Titles against Balogun
Cecilia Braekhus (20-0, 5 KOs) defended her WBA/WBC/WBO Female Welterweight Titles at the Nordic Fight Night in Herning, Denmark on Saturday night, beating highly-rated Jessica Balogun (22-2, 10 KOs) on points. The First Lady was ahead 99-92, 97-93 and 97-93 on the scorecards. “Jessica was a tough opponent, we knew each other very well, but I did what we had trained for and I am happy about the win,” Braekhus said. “This was a good victory for me.”
Braekhus stamped her authority on the battle early, landing good one-two combinations and uppercuts. Balogun kept pressing but had most attacks absorbed by the First Lady´s defense. In the later rounds, Braekhus turned it on again and showed her superior boxing skills as she cruised to a clear points victory. “This was a great performance against a very tough challenger,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “Now Cecilia will go on vacation, take a rest and then defend her title collection against the winner of the Holm-Mathis fight in what will be the female clash of the year..”
Also in Herning, IBF Light Heavyweight Title contender Karo Murat clinched a seventh-round TKO victory over Sandro Siproshvili, while Luke Blackledge scored a fourth-round KO win over Mads Larsen. Ahmad Kaddour defeated Gary Boulden on points. Reda Zam Zam showed his skills against Giuseppe Langella before the Italian injured his ankle (TKO3). Up-and-coming Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund knocked out Fouad Nasri, and Torben Keller´s fight against Luca Arrigo ended in a draw.