Cecilia Braekhus props up Katie Taylor’s homecoming clash with Chantelle Cameron this Saturday in Dublin, where she will face Terri Harper for her WBA super-welterweight world title.
Women’s boxing has seen a Changing of the Guard over the past years, Braekhus (37-2, 9 KOs) passing on the role as the leading figure in the female realm of the sport. Braekhus, just like Taylor, had her own home-coming after a career fighting away. The First Lady brought Norway out of the boxing abyss it had found itself in after banning the sport for more than 30 years. She also fought for an undisputed title on her first voyage home, defeating Anne Sophie Mathis in 2016.
ProBox TV News speaks exclusively to Braekhus to get her unique opinion on Taylor’s upcoming trip back home.
“I know she doesn’t need any advice.” Braekhus said. “I remember when I was getting ready for my homecoming fight. I felt loaded with energy and excitement, but I had real belief in myself. I see that in Katie, I think she’s going to come out and look amazing. There is just something about coming home. I’m a big fan of Katie Taylor, and I’m a big fan of Chantelle Cameron. I think it really can be one of the best fights we have seen.
It all goes down at the 3Arena in the Irish capital this weekend. Taylor’s first fight back home promises to be quite the spectacle with Matchroom and DAZN guiding the ship showing off some of the best female fighters in the world. Cameron defends her 140 pound undisputed title against Taylor, with Harper and Braekhus acting as chief support in Dublin.
“I think it is very important that countries like England and Ireland come onboard with women’s boxing.” Braekhus added. “When the USA gets more involved I think the whole thing will be massive. There are some great fights going on all over the world in women’s boxing at the moment. This Saturday there are two world title fights on a big show, I wouldn’t have believed I would have seen that when my career started. Like I said before, this is one of the highlights of my career. It excites me to take on Terri Harper and be part of this great moment in women’s boxing. I really couldn’t be happier.”