Born in Columbia, based in Norway and hugely popular in Finland - Cecilia Braekhus produced a classy boxing display to stop Kuulei Kupihea in the tenth round of their WBC, WBA and WBO Female welterweight title fight in Helsinki on Saturday night.
Honolulu resident Kupihea showed a lot heart to make it to the final round in a fight were she was outclassed and outgunned by the talented 'First Lady'.
Braekhus, has developed a popular following in Finland and received a huge ovation from the crowd upon entering the ring.
At the post-fight press conference she was very pleased with her performance. “I was doing everything that my trainer said I was supposed to do. I think it was a good fight. It was exciting to fight tonight. I can’t fight in my own hometown (Cartagena, Columbia) so it is very important for me to come here and get the audience on my side."
“Today they really, really helped me to make a good fight, I have so much support in Finland and every time I am here it is great to fight."
Braekhus dominated the fight and if they had been three minute rounds, rather than two minute stanzas it may have been over a lot earlier and confirmed, when asked, if she was looking for the early knockout, “Yes, absolutely. I also think maybe I could have stopped it a little earlier, but my trainer (Ulli Wegner) told me to calm down and I do what he says”.
30 year-old WBA, WBC and WBO Champion Cecilia Braekhus improves to 19-0.