Cecilia Braekhus Now Training
With Abel Sanchez In Big Bear
Undisputed Women’s Welterweight World Champion ‘The First
Lady’ Cecilia Braekhus, (35-0, 9 KOs), has commenced
training under the watchful eye of the world-renowned Abel
Sanchez at his gym, The Summit Training Center in Big Bear
Lake, CA as she prepares for her return to the ring.
“I’ve known Abel for a few years and was very aware of the
enormous success he has had training the best fighters in
the world,” said Braekhus, a native of Oslo, Norway. “When I
approached him about training me he was very interested. We
spent a few days working together and it clicked, I’m
learning a great deal from him every day.”
Braekhus has previously trained in Santa Monica, CA; Kiev,
Ukraine; Berlin, Germany; Spain and Norway. “As soon as I
arrived in Big Bear I felt very comfortable, it’s a
beautiful part of the world and very conducive to an overall
great training experience.”
Said the 2015 Trainer of the Year, Sanchez, “I’ve long
admired Cecilia boxing skills, she’s a tremendous fighter,
one of the very best female boxers in history. She’s also
very willing to learn which is important as we move forward
in training and prepare to face the toughest competition.”
Among the world champions Sanchez has trained include
Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin, Terry Norris, Orlin Norris, Murat
Gassiev and at least a dozen others.
Braekhus is holder of the WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO
Welterweight World Titles as well as the RING Magazine title
belt. She was previously trained by Johnathon Banks.
On January 5, 2018, the Boxing Writers Association of
America named Braekhus the recipient of their first-ever
Women’s Fighter of the Year Award (2017). The award was
presented by female boxing pioneer Christy Martin at the
BWAA’s Annual Awards Dinner on May 11, 2018 In New York
On May 5, 2018, Braekhus was specifically chosen by HBO to
fight in the first women’s bout telecast on the network over
their 45-year history of boxing events. Defeating world
ranked contender Kali Reis by unanimous decision at the
StubHub Center in Carson, CA, the fight was telecast to an
average of 904,000 viewers in the United States, the second
highest viewership by the network for boxing in 2018.
As previously proclaimed by Ring Magazine, the Boxing
Writers Association of America named Braekhus the Women’s #1
Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World on June 26, 2018 in the
first poll taken by organization for this honor. (The belt
presentation by Ring Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Doug Fischer
took place on September 13, 2018 in Las Vegas).
Fighting for the first time in Russia, Cecilia Braekhus won
a 10-round unanimous decision over junior middleweight world
champion Inna Sagaydakovskaya on July 21, 2018 in Moscow.
The victory took place in front of over 25,000 spectators at
the Olympic Stadium and an international televised audience.
Finishing out her year in Grand Style, Braekhus improved to
35-0 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 with a dominant ten-round
decision over world ranked contender Aleksandra Madgziak-Lopes
at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
Defending all of her undisputed welterweight world titles,
(WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine), the victory
capped off a remarkable year filled with tremendous
performances inside the ring and a wealth of accolades
outside. The main event clash headlined an HBO Boxing
telecast and marked the second appearance for Braekhus on
the premium cable channel in 2018.
Braekhus has been an undisputed world champion, holding all
four major sanctioning body titles since September 2014. She
is only one of seven boxers to achieve this historical feat.