Undisputed (WBC, WBA, WBO, IBO & IBF) Female World Welterweight Champion (27-0, 7 KOs) is finally back in action, on October 24.
Oslo, August 13th 2015. Cecilia Brækhus has teamed up with new trainer Johnathon Banks, and is set for a high-profile undercard slot on the recently announced Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury world title clash in Düsseldorf.
‘’I can’t wait to get back in the ring and show once again why I’m the pound-for-pound number one. And returning on Klitschko’s big event, with my new trainer, is a huge step-up for my career, and a dream come true,” Brækhus said.
Brækhus’ opponent in Düsseldorf will be announced later this month.
On November 29 last year Brækhus, despite a serious injury in her right foot in the third round, successfully defended her fourth world champion title against IBO title-holder Jennifer Ratzke. After a complicated surgery and a long period of rehabilitation, Brækhus is now training harder than ever.
”My fitness and my hard training have always given me an edge over my opponents. I’m quickly moving forward to my best shape ever. Next week I’m travelling to legendary Kronk Gym in Detroit, Michigan, to level up my boxing training with Wladimir Klitschkos’s trainer Johnathon Banks. From Michigan we will move on to training camps in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Austria together with Wladimir and his team, to prepare for the title fights in October.”
”I’ll definitely be more than ready to defend my five titles once again”, Brækhus said.
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director Klitschko Management Group, commented: ”It is great that Cecilia fights on the undercard of this mega event. Wladimir recommended his coach Jonathan Banks to Cecilia, and after an initial training session they felt this is a great combination for many great fights to come. We are proud to promote our first female world title fight, and are looking forward to this great cooperation with Cecilia and her team.”
On April 8, Brækhus proudly announced her new management and representation consortium, including IMG, K2 Promotions and Klitschko
Management Group (KMG), Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing promotional and management companies. Brækhus’ own promotion and management companies, First Lady Promotions (FLP) and First Lady Sport (FLS), will work alongside IMG and K2 Promotions/KMG to arrange and promote fights both in Norway and abroad, and optimise ”The First Lady’s” media profile and sponsorship opportunities.
Today at a press conference held in Oslo, the Brækhus/First Lady konsortium also announced a Nordic TV-deal with Modern Times Group (MTG) to show Brækhus’ next five fights exclusively on Viasat’s TV- and online plattforms. This contract also includes Brækhus’ undercard fight on the Klitschko vs Fury event in Düsseldorf Ocotber 24.
The complete showdown from the 55.000-seat ESPIRIT Arena in Düsseldorf will be available on pay-per-view (PPV) in the Nordic countries on Viasat’s satellite plattform, and online via Viaplay service across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
“We are very pleased with the TV agreement for the upcoming five fights. Viasat has a proven track record to offer top quality boxing fights on Pay-Per-View and have also committed to air the first fight in Norway on Free TV”, said Kristian Hysén, Senior Vice President – IMG.
“Brækhus’ fight on the Klitschko gala in October will be aired globally, so she will receive international exposure”, he continued.
Head of Sports at MTG Sport Norway, Stian Aune Kleppo commented:
“Since 2010, MTG’s channels have been great TV-platforms for Cecilia Brækhus. We are therefore very pleased to continue the partnership with Cecilia in the foreseeable future. The fact that two undisputed champions such as Wladimir Klitschko and Cecilia Brækhus are fighting on the same “Fight Night” is something the world has never seen, and we are confident that this is something Norwegian and international boxing enthusiasts will want to experience”.
The 39-year-old Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko (64-3-0-KO54) holds the WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF belts, and regained the world championship in 2006. He is the second longest reigning heavyweight champion ever, behind the legendary Joe Louis.
Tyson Fury, 26, is the mandatory challenger for Klitschko’s WBA and WBO belts, and with an unbeaten record of 24-0-0-KO18 heading in to the clash.