Cecilia Braekhus…. where do I start? There are so many compliments I could give this athlete. For starters, the inspiration she is to women globally is priceless. Cecilia Braekhus is a Norwegian boxer, born in Columbia. As an orphan adopted by Norwegian parents, she started kickboxing at the age of 14. Soon she had 75 wins out of 80 amateur matches.
Cecilia turned pro in 2007 with a contract from German promoter Wilfried Saurerland. Their goal was to make her the first Norwegian World Champion.
Only two years later, Cecilia became the WBC World Champion in the welterweight division. At that time, the WBA welterweight was vacant and became the property of Cecilia Braekhus!
I could go on with title fights, and score card reads, but this picture is bigger. Lets face it , boxing is known as a mans sport. Female fights were actually outlawed for decades throughout boxing history. Athletic commissioners refused to sanction female boxers or give them licenses to box. The first women boxers go back to the 18th century in London of course! Elizabeth Wilkinson, the first known female boxer, fought both men and women in the ring!
Since women’s boxing first appeared in the Olympics in 1904, women’s boxing has come a long slow way. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s there have been women boxers that have grabbed our attention, but it wasnt until the 90’s for women boxers to claim their stake in the boxing game. Many world champion boxers were female!
With so much denial, hesitance and discrimination, women boxers have had to fight out of the ring just to get in it! The mayor of Hackney England once was quoted “I regard this proposed exhibition of women boxers as a gratification of the sensual ideals of a crowd of vulgar men.”
As women, we always walk a fine line. We are tough, capable, and unstoppable, but don’t look too pretty while your’e doing your craft! The very same entities that ridicule an act that isn’t feminine enough for a woman will immediately sexualize them. Take the female athlete and make her sexy, otherwise we just cant wrap our brains around it.
Cecilia Braekhus has shattered stereotypes, and is the best of both worlds proving female athletes can be everything they want to be. Both tough as nails and beautiful. Always a class act, Cecilia is a true role model for all women of all ages.
Nod of respect to Cecilia’s trainer, Lucia Rijker is a trailblazer and one of women’s boxing’s living legends.
This year 2018, marks a huge day in history for women in boxing. Cecilia Braekhus makes history as Ring Magazine’s female pound for pound champion! The first of its kind, this championship comes with a brand new belt!
Congratulations to the First Lady of boxing! Braekhus is undefeated 34-0 (9). Cecilia was also awarded the Boxing writers Association of America’s innagural “Female Fighter of the Year” Award in New York.
Cecilia is the only boxer IN THE WORLD both male or female to ever hold the world title belts of all four major sanctioning bodies. Cecilia Braekhus is considered to be the greatest female boxer ever!