Photos: Cecilia Braekhus, Anne Sophie Mathis Go Face To Face
Four weeks before the historical bout in Oslo, Norway, the two participants met media and fans at The Thief Hotel. Despite the fact that Anne Sophie Mathis is by many considered to be “the female Mike Tyson” Cecilia Braekhus came out offensively.
“One of us going down in Oslo. And it will not be me,” said Braekhus. The Colombian-born Norwegian goes “all in” and puts her five titles at stake (WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO) when facing French fighter Anne Sophie Mathis on October 1st.
The fight has raised an enormous interest in Norway, and is also considered one of the biggest female fights in the history of boxing. The fight will be the first one on Norwegian soil since 1981, after Norway lifted the ban against professional boxing three years ago.
Mathis stands with a record of 27-3, and an impressive KO-rate of 72 %. Only four of her victories has come by points, while 23 of her opponents didn’t make it to the final rounds.
“Many reckon me as ‘the female Mike Tyson,’ and there is a reason for that. Cecilia Braekhus is an intelligent boxer, but I am stronger than what you expect,” said Mathis, who refused to share any other details from her training. She has previously stated that she will not make the same mistakes this time as she felt she did the last time the two fighters met in 2012. All judges had it 97-93 to Braekhus.
When asked about what she will do different this time, the French KO-specialist just answered briefly: You will see it when I am in the ring.
Said Brakehus when asked about her preparations:
Sparring starts next week. My last opponent Chris Namus will fly down to our camp in Spain to help out the last weeks. The camp has been great, and I feel better than ever. I have build some solid muscles and is faster, more explosive and better than ever. I am very confident and I have no problems handling the pressure. I rise to these occasions. These are the kind of fights that any boxer dream of.