Cecilia Braekhus impressively outpoints Erica Farias
Cecilia Braekhus makes it look so easy, even if it against the top challengers in her division.
Braekhus outboxed Erica Farias on Friday night, winning a 10-round unanimous decision at the Bergenhus Festning in her hometown of Bergen, Norway.
With the win, Braekhus improves to 31-0, with eight knockouts. Farias falls to 24-2, with 10 KOs.
Not only is Braekhus at the top of the welterweight division, but she is the consensus top female fighter in boxing today. Braekhus, who is originally from Colombia, has scored relatively easy victories over welterweight contenders Chris Namus, Anne Sophia Mathis, and Klara Svensson.
Friday’s fight card was the third within the last year, all headlined by Braekhus, since the government of Norway eliminated a ban on boxing from taking place in the country.
Farias figured to give Braekhus a challenge. The Argentine fighter held the WBC junior welterweight title for the last two years and had won his last five bouts in a row.
After a slow start by both fighters in the first two rounds, the 35-year-old Braekhus began to find a rhythm, outboxing Farias in the center of the ring. Farias did find some success with a series of right hands in the middle rounds, but Braekhus was in no danger, utilizing her height and pedigree to overcome Farias’ offense.
Scores were 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92 in favor of Braekhus, who also promoted Friday night’s card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing