Rematch: Cecilia Brækhus vs. Anne Sophie Mathis

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Rematch: Cecilia Brækhus vs. Anne Sophie Mathis
In their first fight, in 2012, Brækhus decisioned Mathis. (Photo: Courtesy)

Rematch: Cecilia Brækhus vs. Anne Sophie Mathis

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Rematch: Cecilia Brækhus vs. Anne Sophie Mathis
In their first fight, in 2012, Brækhus decisioned Mathis. (Photo: Courtesy)

In their first fight, in 2012, Brækhus decisioned Mathis. (Photo: Courtesy)
In their first fight, on September 22, 2012, Brækhus decisioned Mathis. (Photo: Courtesy)

Professional boxing’s return to Norway on October 1 at the Spektrum in Oslo rests on the broad shoulders of Cecilia Brækhus.

The WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and IBO female welterweight champion calls the bout “The Homecoming,” as in home is where the heart is, as well as “The Arctic Rumble,” as in chill or be chilled.

“I’m thrilled I finally get the opportunity to fight on Norwegian ground,” said Brækhus when she announced the fight last month. “I have been dreaming of boxing in front of my home fans in my home country since I went pro nine years ago, and I am extremely motivated for this fight.”

Everything was in place; everything, that is, but an opponent.

But that was then and this is now and Cecilia Brækhus (28-0, 7 KOs), from Bergen, Norway, by way of Cartagena, Colombia, is getting it on with former WBA World female super lightweight champion Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs), from Varangéville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France, a second time.

In their first fight, on September 22, 2012, at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark, Brækhus decisioned Mathis after 10 rounds to retain her titles.

Thirty-nine-year-old Mathis, who was called “women’s boxing’s Mike Tyson” in her prime, has not fought since retiring in February 2015, but her star power, like the star power of Cecilia Brækhus, remains undimmed.

“We had to find the absolute toughest opponent,” said Brækhus. “We want to go all in. Nobody wants to fight her.”

“I am more than a knockout boxer,” said Mathis. “I have a heavy shot that stuns and that hurts. I know people compare me to Mike Tyson which is quite pleasant because I have always been a big fan of his.”

Brækhus is a fan of Mike Tyson as well, and wanted a big name opponent to help top the card.

“Mathis was the only name big enough to top a historical night like this. This is the worlds greatest puncher versus the worlds greatest technical and tactical boxer. She is the toughest opponent I have met, and I could have gone for something easier to make this a safe homecoming. But in this sport you cannot make history by being defensive.

The 10,000 seat Spektrum sold out within hours.”

This article was penned by the author who is not related to the WBA and the statements, expressions or opinions referenced herein are that of the author alone and not the WBA.


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