Matchroom Boxing have announced that the two will meet again.
Cecilia Braekhus seemed to be strongly indicating that she would retire following her upset loss to Jessica McCaskill on Aug. 15 in Tulsa, but Matchroom Boxing have announced today that Braekhus will fight on, as a rematch between the two is on.
Matchroom did not announce a date or venue with the news, but there is a DAZN logo on the fight art, so that part’s encouraging.
McCaskill won a majority decision over Braekhus last month, but Bad Left Hook scored the fight for Braekhus, and we were hardly alone in that. That’s not to say it was a robbery, but a very competitive fight that you probably scored on whose work you liked better. McCaskill did out-work Braekhus, but Braekhus probably landed the best shots of the fight with a more economical approach.
McCaskill (9-2, 3 KO) ended an 11-year title reign for Braekhus (36-1, 9 KO) with the victory, and became the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. That made the 36-year-old McCaskill a two-weight champion — she came in holding a pair of belts at 140 pounds — and Braekhus didn’t argue or complain about the decision post-fight, instead hinting strongly that we may have seen her last fight.
Maybe watching the fight back told Braekhus that she can beat McCaskill, still fight at a top level, and had no pressing need to retire just because she’d lost a fight. McCaskill, of course, came in confident the first time and will do so again. At the very, very least, she showed that she can compete with one of the very best ever.