Cecilia Braekhus Exercises Rematch Clause Against Jessica McCaskill

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  • Former undisputed women’s boxing welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus has picked up her rematch clause against Jessica McCaskill.
  • McCaskill upset -650 betting favorite Braekhus in their first bout last month.
  • The rematch is expected to take place in early 2021.

Former women’s boxing welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus will rematch Jessica McCaskill after picking up the rematch clause of the contract she signed in their first bout.

McCaskill defeated Braekhus in closely contested bout, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in boxing in recent years. Braekhus appeared like she was going to retire after the loss but a few weeks later, she has rediscovered the hunger and wants her title back.

As a sweetener, the Ring has announced that the inaugural Ring women’s welterweight title will be on the line in the rematch:

The Ring belt should only make the rematch more exciting.

A Major Upset

Last August 15th, McCaskill defeated Braekhus via majority decision in a major upset. Braekhus was a heavy -800 favorite to win that bout but McCaskill beat her with superior work rate. The loss was the first in 36 professional fights and ended her reign as undisputed women’s world welterweight champion.

Prior to that loss, the First Lady ruled as champion from 2014-20. During that period, she became the first woman in any boxing weight class to hold the four major belts (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO) simultaneously and the 8th boxer overall to do so. In 2016, Braekhus annexed the IBO belt and became the first boxer to hold five world title from different sanctioning bodies simultaneously.

In 2018, she put her name on three Guinness world records: longest title reign for a female boxing world champion, longest reign for a boxer as an undisputed four-belt champion, and most bouts undefeated by a female world boxing champion. Prior to her defeat, she made 25 consecutive successful title defenses of her welterweight title.

No Ordinary Boxer

While her win over Braekhus was a big upset, McCaskill is no ordinary boxer. The former investment banker challenged Irish boxing superstar Katie Taylor in only her 7th professional bout. She lost that bout by decision but in her next bout, McCaskill captured the WBA super lightweight title by dethroning Argentina’s Erica Farias via unanimous decision.

In her next bout, McCaskill annexed the WBA female super featherweight title by beating Farias’ countrywoman Anahi Ester Sanchez via unanimous decision in May 2019. McCaskill rematched Farias in October of last year. She won the bout via majority decision and retained her titles. After stating her desire to become two-division champion, she challenged Braekhus in August and defied the odds.

Braekhus threw the heavier and more accurate punches in the fight, which was held in a purposely-built ring in Tulsa. But it was McCaskill’s work output that caught the eye of the judges. At the end of the fight, two of the judges gave McCaskill the nod 97-93 and 97-94 while the third judge scored the bout a 95-95 draw.

Almost Hanging Up Her Gloves

During the post-fight interview, Braekhus hinted about hanging up her gloves and “passing the torch” to McCaskill. But barely a month later, she has found her hunger again and is determined to reclaim her belts. In a recent interview, Braekhus said that she doesn’t want to end her career with the “weakest performance of her career.”

Though you could say that Braekhus got out-worked in that fight, it was a close one. In another scenario, she could’ve easily gotten a draw or even escape with a decision being the champion. But it is what it is now and the only thing to do for her is get her titles back against the woman who took them from her.

The odds for the rematch aren’t out yet and I wouldn’t be surprised in Braekhus is favored. The First Lady may have lost the first fight but despite what she called a “career-worst” performance, she was vanquished via majority decision. McCaskill’s volume won the first bout but Braekhus should be prepared for that in the rematch

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher.