This Saturday evening there will be a great event in the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma City, with three fights sanctioned by the World Boxing Association (WBA). Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill will star in the main fight for the WBA and Undisputed Welterweight title, followed by an International belt and a title eliminator in the undercard.
The official press conference was held online via Matchroom Boxing‘s social media, and the protagonists spoke about what they expect from their fights.
Uzbekistan’s Super Welterweight prospect, Israil Madrimov, and American Eric Walker will fight for a title eliminator, while Uzbekistan-born Shakhram Giyasov will fight for the WBA International belt against Winston Campos in the Super Lightweight division.
Norway’s Braekhus predicted a great fight and assured she will not be overconfident with a rival like McCaskill: “This is going to be an incredible fight. I think everyone who knows our careers, fights and how hard we work, knows that this will be a great fight. Jessica is hungry, she knows doors will open for her if she hits me. I’ve seen her against Katie Taylor and she’s given her problems, so you know she’s hardworking and dedicated”.
McCaskill said she was looking forward to making history and surprise everyone on Saturday night. “I’ve had some pretty big fights before this. I’m confident in my skills, and that’s all I care about. Cecilia has an incredible record, a history that she has created, but part of that history precedes this era”, the American boxer said.
As for Madrimov and Walker, they also talked about their intentions and what they expect this weekend. The Kazakh said his goal is to become World Champion and that’s what he’s working for: “I have a goal to become a World Champion and there’s nothing personal for me. I have an opponent in front of me that I have to defeat. The ring will show who has the best plan”.
“This is my dream. It’s coming true. I’ve been in prison and I learned to box in prison, I’ve come to this moment now with 20-2 as a professional and I’m on the line to fight for a world title”, Walker said about his WBA eliminator fight.
In Giyasov’s case, he talked about the change of his opponent. Originally, he was going to face Mexico’s Francisco Hernandez but his opponent was unable to show up and now he will face veteran Campos. “We were preparing for many different opponents. It was the longest camp of my life: six months. I’m prepared for whoever comes into the ring”, said a motivated Giyasov.