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Braekhus to defend belts

Cecilia Braekhus is looking forward to her first professional fight in Denmark as she prepares for her September 12 clash with Lucia Morelli. The First Lady, unbeaten in 12 bouts (2 KOs), is thrilled to be a part of Team Sauerland´s fight night in Herning. “I cannot box in Norway, so this is probably about as close as I will get to home,” she said with her trademark smile. “I am really excited to fight in Herning. I have a lot of friends in Denmark and I really want to put on a good show.”

The 27-year-old will make the second defence of her WBA/WBC Female Welterweight Titles since edging Danish star Vinni Skovgaard in a tough fight in March. In May, she clinched an uncontested points victory over Amy Yuratovac in Helsinki. “I finally got a one-week vacation afterwards which I spent on the beach in Tunisia. I then returned to Norway to work out and do some TV and media shootings. I have been training in Berlin since July. Even though the work-outs are very hard, I still enjoy them. I want to get better every day.”

Braekhus believes that the fight against Morelli will be “one of the toughest of my career”. The Italian is unbeaten in 13 fights and boasts a KO quota of almost 50 percent. “She will be tough to beat, but as the world champion, I have to defend my titles against the best opponents out there,” added the First Lady. “It will be a hard fight but I am sure I will win.”

Braekhus needs to overcome another challenge. “I have yet to find hotel rooms for my friends and my family – everything seems to be sold out in Herning. But that is no surprise since Mikkel Kessler really is a Danish national hero. Everybody is excited to see him in action. I am really happy to fight in front of such an enthusiastic audience with so much love for the sport of boxing. It will be a great night in Herning.”

In the main fight, Mikkel Kessler will defend his WBA Super-Middleweight Title against mandatory challenger Gusmyl Perdomo.

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