Cecilia Braekhus will make a first defence of her WBA/WBC female welterweight titles when she comes face-to-face with Amy Yuratovac in Helsinki on May 30. The “First Lady” (11-0, 2 KOs) is already looking forward to her first-ever professional fight in Scandinavia. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Helsinki,” the newly-crowned world champion said. “I have a lot of friends in Finland and I hope that many fans from Norway will come over to support me.” The “First Lady” is also good friends with Eva Wahlström, Finland’s most successful amateur boxer. “We have been in close touch ever since our amateur days,” Braekhus added. “I look forward to seeing her ringside on May 30.”
Braekhus wrote boxing history in March 2009 when she edged Denmark´s Vinni Skovgaard in Kiel to become Team Sauerland´s first-ever female world champion. It was also the first time that German public TV station ARD televised a women fight. “I still find it hard to believe that I am a world champion now,” Braekhus said. “It is very special. I was very proud to pay back all the confidence Team Sauerland has put in me. Now it is my goal to win all belts in my weight class.”
Winning the world title has changed Braekhus´ life forever, with media publications in Norway and German flooding her with PR requests. “My mailbox is always full,” she smiled. “But I really enjoy doing this kind of stuff – at least it is not as exhausting as Ulli Wegner´s training sessions.” The “General”, as he is known to his boxers, would never grant his stars a championship bonus. Much on the contrary. “Just ask Arthur Abraham about it,” said Braekhus of the IBF middleweight champion, who knows one thing or two about exhausting training sessions under the guidance of the 67-year-old.
For the past three weeks, Braekhus has been working out in Team Sauerland´s training camp base in Kienbaum, which is 20 miles east of Berlin. “It is my goal to become faster, better and stronger,” she said. “I keep improving every day and I want to show that in Helsinki on May 30.”
Tickets for the hotly-anticipated fight night at the Hartwall Arena are available at www.lippu.fi as well as +358 600 900 900. VIP packages can be purchased at www.revengeofthegiant.com.