Braækhus unifies division, Lihaug beats Smaadal

Posted on 15th Sep 2014

Braækhus unifies division, Lihaug beats Smaadal

Boxing history was made at TAP1 in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday night. Norwegian star Cecilia Brækhus became the first female boxer to unify a division by holding all four major titles simultaneously. The WBC, WBA & WBO Female World Welterweight Champion scored a unanimous decision victory over IBF Champion Ivana Habazin in front of a sell-out crowd in the Danish capital.

Cheered on by her loyal army of travelling Norwegian fans, Brækhus once again proved why she is the pound-for-pound female number one with a classy performance against the tough Habazin. All three judges scored the fight 100-90 in favour of ‘The First Lady’.

‘’I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a long time,’’ said the now undisputed champion. ‘’To become the first female boxer to unify a division is a huge achievement and something that I am extremely proud of. I would like to thank all the fans that travelled to Copenhagen to support me and Ivana for the part she played in this historic fight.’’

The showdown between Norwegian super middleweight rivals Tim-Robin Lihaug (8-1, 5 KOs) and Simen Smaadal (8-1, 3 KOs) lived up to expectations. After eight action- packed rounds fought at frantic pace it was Lihaug’s hand raised.

‘’I am really pleased with the result,’’ said the 21 year-old from Bergen. ‘’It was a tough fight and I have a lot of respect for Simen. He fought well but I trained too hard to lose. I stuck to my game plan and it paid off.’’

Norwegian cruiserweight prospect Alexander Hagen (4-1, 1 KO ) suffered a shock knockout defeat to Yevgeni Makhteienko (3-2, 2 KOs). Hagen had his opponent down in the first-round but was unable to recover from a heavy right from Makhteienko in the third.

(Photo Credit: Photo Wende)

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