Brækhus defends boxing titles

Norwegian boxer Cecilia “The First Lady” Brækhus fended off Jessica “The Hammer” Balogun to retain her WBC, WBO & WBA Female World Welterweight titles with a unanimous points victory on Saturday night. Germany’s Balogun had the home crowd advantage at the stadium in Schwerin, but was no match for Brækhus. The judges from Sweden, Finland […]

Norway ‘isolated’ over boxing ban

Norway boasts one of the best boxers in the world, but its ban on boxing without helmets has now ended up isolating the country’s erstwhile boxing association from international competition. It also forced cancellation of this weekend’s Nordic championships in Oslo. The international boxing federation AIBA has suspended the Norwegian national boxing association (Norges Bokseforbund) for […]

Brækhus prevails, sets sights on US

UPDATED: Norway’s champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus successfully defended her titles over the weekend, after  winning her latest match against Myriam Lamare of France. It marked Brækhus’ 24th professional victory, boosted her plans for a new match in the US and set off more jubilation. “The only reason she (the 39-year-old Lamare) was still standing was […]

Bells ring over boxing ban repeal

An intention by Norway’s new Conservatives-led government to end a ban on professional boxing in Norway is drawing both cheers and protests. In one corner is Norway’s own international boxing champion Cecilia Brækhus, and in the other, brain surgeon Ingunn Rise Kirkeby, who fears a rise in serious head injuries. “I’m advising Erna (Solberg) and […]

Boxer Brækhus eyes long holiday

Cecilia Brækhus, Norway’s champion boxer who won another major title over the weekend, already has several other new opponents on her list but first things first: Brækhus now just wants to savour her victory over Oxandia Castillo and take a long holiday. “This was a very important match and victory,” Brækhus told Norwegian news bureau […]

Boxer seeks tougher competition

UPDATED: Cecilia Brækhus, the Norwegian boxer who’s reached the top of her sport despite it being illegal in Norway, was looking for tougher competition after she crushed her latest opponent Mia St John during a fight in Denmark over the weekend.  “I’ll gladly box in another fight in June, but then I have to have […]

Boxer Brækhus fights the taxman

UPDATED: Norwegian world champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus is not one to shy away from a fight, and then the tax authorities in her native Norway entered her ring. They claimed her income is subject to Norwegian tax, even though she moved to Berlin four years ago and can’t even pursue her sport in her homeland […]

Boxing ban may be lifted

Norway’s ban on boxing may be eased, but it likely won’t mean that Norwegian world champion Cecilia Brækhus will be able to flight in Norway. Her line of professional boxing would still fail to conform to Norway’s other tough standards for sports competition. “Pro boxing tends to ignore anti-doping regulations, boxers build up to major […]

Boxer Brækhus wins big again

She was sporting a black-eye the next day, but Norwegian boxer Cecilia Brækhus was still being hailed for her victory over rival Anne-Sophie Mathis at her latest pro-boxing world championship match in Denmark over the weekend. Brækhus herself called the day of her win “the best in my life.” Brækhus will have even more reason […]

Muhammad Ali writes to Norway

Former world heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has sent a letter of condolence to the people of Norway following the terrorist attacks on Oslo and Utøya island, news agency AP reports. In a letter written by Ali’s wife based on feelings communicated by the former boxer (who suffers from Parkinson’s disease), Ali says that his […]