Behold, boxing’s Pound-for-Pound Queen, and current UNDISPUTED WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (34–0–0, 9KO) headlines what is presumed to be HBO Boxing’s final broadcast of their illustrious 45-year run.
Her opponent that she chose to close the show against is named Aleksandra Magzdiak Lopes (18 – 4 – 3, 1KO), for what will be Lopes 3rd opportunity at a world title…3rd times the charm? Here’s her big opportunity to do so against the best.
Braekhus has been an Undisputed Champion for the last 4 years and has 8 defenses under her belt since becoming an Undisputed Champion, with 24 consecutive title-defenses to date, which is close to the record on both the women & men’s side of the sport (Joe Louis had 25 consecutive title defenses).
A native Colombian who was adopted by Norwegian parents, Braekhus has a multicultural and eclectic upbringing that established a solid foundation for her to keep in her back-pocket while ascending up the ranks and becoming a dominant Champion. At age 37, she shows no signs of slowing down, and would like to remind people in the wake of young explosive Champions coming on the scene, that she is still top dog in the sport.
Speaking of young explosive Champions, one that is burning her way through the waves is WBA, WBC, IBF Middleweight Champion Claressa Shields (7–0–0, 2KO) who since becoming a 2X Olympic Gold-Medalist, has exhibited electrifying skills that will prove to be pivotal in carrying the sport now and down the line, in bringing up the popularity of women’s boxing, as one of the more marketable talents.
Her goal is to become Undisputed Champion such as Braekhus, but her plans for an opportunity is sidelined due to WBO Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer is recovering from an unspecified medical issue. Shields will face Femke Hermans (9–1–0, 3KO) of Belgium, who is coming down from Super-Middleweight where she is ranked as a top-5 boxer in her division, to take on this big opportunity at Middleweight.
The initial plan was to showcase Nicaraguan legend & future Hall-of-Famer Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez on this final card, but due to a knee injury, one of his greatest opponents of his career will instead take his spot and fight in his place.
That is elite Super-Flyweight & former unified Flyweight Champion ‘El Gallo’ Juan Francisco Estrada (37–3–0, 25KO) who has taken this fight on very short notice, against fellow Mexican fighter Victor Mendez (28 – 3 – 2, 20KO). Estrada seems to be open to fighting any of the top guys at Super-Flyweight, which in this current time there’s an abundance of, as it is boxing’s most loaded division. He would love another crack at Lineal Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, whom he lost a very close decision to earlier this year, so now’s a good opportunity for him to make his stamp in his final HBO outing to getting one of those fights.
Tune in to watch HBO go out with a bang, as they showcase some quality talent on both sides of the boxing spectrum.