By: Rich Lopez
This past weekend in boxing, there was a passing of the
torch. The highlight of this weekend was in the women’s welterweight division. Jessica
“CasKILLA” McCaskill (9-2, 3 KO’s) of Chicago, defeated Cecilia “First Lady”
Braekhus (36-1, 9 KO’s) of Norway.
It has been a long journey for McCaskill since the beginning of her career up until now. McCaskill, is a two-time Golden Gloves winner. She made big waves in boxing in her first title shot in 2017. In her seventh professional bout, she challenged the undefeated Katie Taylor over in London. McCaskill came up short in the fight and lost a unanimous decision, but gave the undefeated Taylor all she could handle. Due to her effort, McCaskill was given another opportunity at a title shot in her hometown of Chicago in 2018. McCaskill moved up to the super lightweight division and challenged Argentina’s Erica Anabella Farias for the WBC title. McCaskill made the most of this opportunity and won a ten round unanimous decision to win the world title. McCaskill had a phenomenal 2019. She added the WBA title in a unification bout by defeating Anahi Sanchez. Then she defeated Erica Anabella Farias in a rematch to end the year.
McCaskill is true fighter and has overcame all obstacles. She
was once homeless in her childhood and she got through that. In suffering an
early defeat in her career, she was able to become a world ranked fighter.
After her loss to Katie Taylor, she became a world champion. Now, she is a two
weight world champion. Her opponent this past Saturday was considered the best
female fighter in the game today. Cecilia Braekhus had been a world champion
for an astonishing eleven years and the undisputed welterweight champion for
Despite being a 5 to 1 underdog, McCaskill solved the puzzle
and defeated Braekhus. McCaskill along with her trainer Rick Ramos had a good
game plan and they executed the plan. Throughout ten rounds, it was a tough
competitive fight from start to finish. Both fighters had their moments in the
fight. At the end, the scores were 95-95, 97-93, and 97-94 in favor of
McCaskill by majority decision. There was some complaints of the scoring but it
was not a robbery. If some fans thought Braekhus won the fight, it would have
been a close one. No matter how you felt about the scoring, McCaskill fought
her fight. McCaskill was the aggressor and the busier of the two fighters. Even
when the two fighters clinched, McCaskill would punch in the inside and work
her way out. She took advantage to rough Braekhus up. Braekhus was forced to
slug it out with McCaskill and she was not able to keep her distance from the
outside as usual. The judges ended up favoring the busy work rate of McCaskill.
At the end, both fighters embraced each other and are true class acts.
It has been quite some time since we had a world champion
from Chicago, but McCaskill has filled that void now. Not only did she become
the Undisputed Welterweight Champion but she is now considered one the best
female fighters pound for pound.
Simply put, the win was one of the best accomplishments in
women’s boxing. Jessica McCaskill is the new face in women’s boxing.
What’s next for McCaskill?
A rematch between McCaskill and Braekhus could happen or
maybe a rematch with Katie Taylor. For now, she can enjoy the moment of being
the Undisputed Welterweight Champion. We look forward to her next fight on her