Cecilia Brækhus Retains Titles in Copenhagen

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Cecilia Brækhus (27-0, 7 KOs) retained her WBC, WBA, WBO & IBF Female World Welterweight titles with a unanimous points victory over IBF mandatory challenger Jennifer Reztke (15-1-2, 9 KOs) at the Falconer Hall, at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen.

Brækhus once again proved why she is the pound-for-pound number one with a dominant display against her German opponent. ‘The First Lady’ started strongly and looked likely to stop Retzke before injuring her foot in the third-round. Despite the injury, Brækhus fought on to claim a clear victory, with the judges scoring the fight 100-90, 100-90 & 98-92.

‘’I would like to thank all the fans that travelled to Copenhagen to support me,’’ said Brækhus. ‘’I thought I could have got the stoppage but I injured my foot and had to adjust my tactics. I was unlucky, but fortunately the injury doesn’t appear to be serious. Retzke was a tough opponent but I think I showed, even with one foot, that I’m a class above.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This was an entertaining fight and a great advert for women’s boxing. Cecilia continues to impress, she seems to get better and better with every fight. Full credit to Retzke, she came to fight, but was ultimately outclassed by Cecilia, who must now be considered the greatest female boxer of all time.’’

In the co-featured Swedish main event, Klara Svensson (15-0, 5 KOs) successfully defended her interim WBC World Light Welterweight title against Lucia Morelli (18-5, 8 KOs). The 27 year-old outworked the tough Italian and at the final bell was ahead on all the judges’ scorecards (100-90, 100-91 & 99-91).

‘’Morelli was a tough opponent,’’ said Svensson. ‘’I was pleased with my performance and happy to beat such an experienced fighter. This is another step in the right direction for me and another step towards dominating the light welterweight division. I’m ready for the big fights in 2015.’’

In the evening’s third championship fight, 22 year-old Norwegian super middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (9-1, 5 KOs) captured the vacant WBO Youth World title in an entertaining battle with George Beroshvili (14-4-2, 7 KO).

‘’I felt that I was always in control of the fight,’’ said Lihaug. ‘’Beroshvili is a good boxer so I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes. I had to keep calm and stick to my game plan, and that’s exactly what I did. It is a great honour to win the youth world title. This is the beginning of my journey to become a world champion!’’

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Jennifer Retzke, Cecilia Brækhus
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Cecilia Brækhus
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Cecilia Brækhus
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Klara Svensson
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Tim-Robin Lihaug, George Beroshvili
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Photos: Cecilia Brækhus and Jennifer Retzke Official Weights

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All the fighters weighed in today ahead of the Nordic Fight Night, headlined by the ‘All or Nothing’ WBC, WBO, WBA & IBF Female World Welterweight clash between Cecilia Brækhus and Jennifer Retzke, at the Falconer Hall at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen on Saturday (November 29).

Below is the full list of official weights:

WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF Female World Welterweight Championship:
Cecilia Brækhus: 64.6 kg
Jennifer Retzke: 66 kg

Interim WBC Female World Light Welterweight Championship:
Klara Svensson: 62.7 kg
Lucia Morelli: 61.5 kg

WBO Youth World Super Middleweight Championship:
Tim-Robin Lihaug: 76.1 kg
George Beroshvili: 75 kg

Light Heavyweight – 6 Rounds:
Alexander Hagen: 78.9 kg
Karel Horejeck: 78.7 kg

Heavyweight – 8 Rounds:
Otto Wallin: 109 kg
Vjekoslav Bajic: 98.5 kg

Cruiserweight – 4 Rounds:
Kai Robin Havnaa: 89.7 kg
Tomislav Rudan: 87.3 kg

Middleweight – 8 Rounds:
Abdul Khattab: 72.4 kg
Laurent Ferra: 72 kg

Middleweight – 4 Rounds:
Andreas Lynggaard: 71.3 kg
Michal Vosyka: 72 kg

Cruiserweight – 4 Rounds:
Steffen Andersen: 89 kg
Ralf Sawetzki: 87 kg

Middleweight – 6 Rounds:
Landry Kore: 71.9 kg
Artem Karasev: 70.5 kg

Welterweight – 6 Rounds:
Garvey Kelly: 65.9 kg
Gergo Vari: 67.5 kg

Middleweight – 6 Rounds:
Conrad Cummings: 74.4 kg
Norbert Szkeres: 73 kg

Brækhus honoured with personalised WBC belt:

At today’s weigh-in Cecilia Brækhus was presented with a personalised WBC belt by the WBC Female Championship Chairman Malte Müller-Michaelis on behalf on WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.

‘‘I’m extremely proud to be presented with this personalised WBC belt,’’ said Brækhus. ‘’I would like to thank the WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and the WBC Female Championship Chairman Malte Müller-Michaelis for this great honour.’’

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available via billetnet.dk.

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Cecilia Brækhus
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Jennifer Retzke
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Cecilia Brækhus, Jennifer Retzke
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Cecilia Brækhus, Jennifer Retzke
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Cecilia Brækhus with her personalised WBC belt
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Klara Svensson: “I Have Big Plans for Next Year. Lucia Morelli Is Not Going to Stand In My Way”

Klara Svensson (14-0, 5 KOs) can enter 2015 with 15 victories if she defeats Lucia Morelli (18-4, 8 KOs) at the Falconer Hall at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen on November 29.

“I have big plans for next year and Morelli is not going to stand in my way,’’ said the ‘Swedish Princess’, ahead of her interim WBC World Light Welterweight title defence.

“I want to keep my record list clean and enter 2015 with victory number fifteen. 15 seems to be the magic number.

“In 2015 I want to challenge the best in my division and right now the best are all Argentinians. So next year, it will be me against Argentina!”

Svensson claimed the interim WBC title with a career best performance against Marie Riederer in September in Copenhagen.

“Winning the belt was a big step forward in my career. Mentally it’s a big thing to own a belt, and I intend to keep it until I can get my hands on a belt that makes me the undisputed champion.

“I’m looking forward to fighting Morelli, because I think it will be an entertaining fight, fun to watch. Remember, I have got what Morelli wants and she will do anything to take that away from me.

“Morelli is a good boxer, a good challenge. She will be attacking from the very beginning, but I am very well prepared to handle her style. I have a game plan that will ensure I win.”

Pound-for-pound queen Cecilia Brækhus will also be in action at the Falconer Hall on Saturday, November 29. The Norwegian superstar will defend her WBC, WBO, WBA & IBF Female World Welterweight titles against Jennifer Retzke.