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Strenght Doesn’t Diminish Femininity Said Cecilia Brækhus


Strenght Doesn’t Diminish Femininity Said Cecilia Brækhus

Cecilia Carmen Linda Brækhus was born in 28 September 1981, is a Norwegian professional boxer and former kickboxer. In boxing she reigned as the undisputed female welterweight champion from 2014 to 2020, and is the first woman in any weight class to hold the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles simultaneously. She is also one of only nine boxers in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles simultaneously, along with Bernard Hopkins (2004–2005), Jermain Taylor (2005), Terence Crawford (2017), Oleksandr Usyk (2018–2019), Claressa Shields (2019–2020, 2021–), Katie Taylor (2019–), Jessica McCaskill (2020–), and Josh Taylor (2021–). In 2016, she captured the IBO title, becoming the first ever boxer to hold five world titles from sanctioning bodies simultaneously.

In 2017, the Boxing Writers Association of America named Brækhus their inaugural Female Fighter of the Year. Guinness World Records awarded her with three recognitions in 2018: the Longest Reigning Female Boxing Champion, the Longest Reign as a Four-Belt Undisputed Boxing Champion, and the Most Bouts Undefeated by a Female World Champion Boxer. As of September 2020, she is ranked as the world’s second best active female welterweight by The Ring and BoxRec and the third best active female, pound-for-pound, by The Ring, fifth by ESPN and sixth BoxRec.

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Brækhus was adopted as a two-year-old by Norwegian parents and raised in the Sandviken area of Bergen. Brækhus started kickboxing at the age of fourteen. Brækhus soon began competing in amateur boxing competitions, and achieved an amateur record of 75-5-0 before turning professional.