Jessica McCaskill Repeats, Choices Cecilia Braekhus To Retain Titles

Jessica McCaskill left little doubt concerning the final result of her instant rematch with Cecilia Braekhus.

An aggressive McCaskill was extra energetic and landed the tougher punches to defeat the previous undisputed girls’s welterweight champion way more convincingly of their second struggle Saturday night time in Dallas. McCaskill, who upset Braekhus by majority choice practically seven months in the past, gained their 10-round rematch by unanimous choice on the Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez undercard at American Airways Heart.

McCaskill beat Braekhus very comfortably on the scorecards of judges Javier Alvarez (98-91), Gloria Martinez Rizzo (99-90) and Chris Tellez (100-89), who scored all 10 rounds for McCaskill. Her second straight defeat to McCaskill will not carry an finish to the 39-year-old Braekhus’ terrific profession, in accordance with what she advised DAZN’s Chris Mannix in her post-fight interview.

Chicago’s McCaskill (10-2, 3 KOs) retained the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC and WBO welterweight titles she gained from Norway’s Braekhus (36-2, 9 KOs) on August 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Braekhus went off as an 8-1 favourite that night time, however two judges favored McCaskill’s exercise and aggression, and he or she gained a 10-round majority choice (97-93, 97-94, 95-95).

The 36-year-old McCaskill’s upset ended boxing’s longest championship reign and prohibited Braekhus from breaking Joe Louis’ longstanding report for consecutive title defenses inside the identical division (25). Braekhus owned the WBA and WBC titles from March 2009 till McCaskill beat her.

A extra correct Braekhus had some success within the tenth spherical Saturday night time, however McCaskill’s lead clearly was insurmountable by that time.

Braekus’ proper uppercut caught McCaskill with a couple of minute remaining within the ninth spherical. Braekhus landed a straight proper as McCaskill got here ahead with 30 seconds to go in that ninth spherical.

McCaskill continued catching the taller Braekhus with overhand rights as Braekhus got here ahead within the eighth spherical. At that time, McCaskill gave the impression to be in full management of their rematch.

McCaskill landed a proper to Braekhus’ head at the beginning of the seventh spherical. Braekhus nailed McCaskill with an overhand proper late within the seventh spherical, however referee Rafael Ramos deducted a degree from Braekhus a number of seconds later for pushing down McCaskill’s head.

McCaskill landed a proper hand out of a clinch with 1:17 to go within the sixth spherical, however Braekhus had success later in that spherical. She clipped McCaskill with a proper hand with 35 seconds remaining within the sixth.

Braekhus landed a brief, left hook with about 20 seconds remaining within the fifth spherical.

McCaskill related with one other proper to the aspect of Braekhus’ head early within the fourth spherical. One other straight proper by McCaskill clipped Braekhus within the second minute of the fourth spherical.

McCaskill’s proper to the aspect of Braekhus’ head knocked her off stability about 20 seconds into the third spherical. Braekhus stumbled into the ropes, however she didn’t seem damage by that shot.

McCaskill remained the aggressor all through that third spherical.

Braekhus caught McCaskill with a proper uppercut early within the second spherical, however McCaskill got here proper again with a left hook. McCaskill’s overhand proper staggered Braekhus with 25 seconds to go within the second spherical and made her transfer away from McCaskill, right into a nook.

McCaskill set a face previous as quickly as their rematch started Saturday night time. She related with a proper hand that backed Braekhus into the ropes 30 seconds into their struggle.

Braekhus landed a proper hand of her personal with just below a minute to go within the opening spherical. McCaskill got here again to blast Braekhus with a proper hand that made the previous champion retreat with about 15 seconds left within the first spherical.

Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for He could be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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