The tremendous flyweight unification bout Saturday between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez has been getting an excessive amount of consideration, and rightfully so. But the co-main occasion, which options one other rematch — this one between Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill — is greater than value your time.
Because that is ladies’s boxing at its best.
MORE: How the primary McCaskill-Braekhus battle unfolded
For those that have been clamoring for the ladies of the candy science to get extra visibility, McCaskill-Braekhus 2 is in about nearly as good a place as it may be because the co-main occasion of some of the anticipated fights of the 12 months. With the ladies’s undisputed welterweight titles on the road, this is not simply any battle. It’s a conflict between a girl who was as soon as thought of the queen of boxing in Braekhus (36-1, 9 KOs) and the hard-charging McCaskill (9-2, three KOs), who pulled off the main upset final summer season.
Here are 4 the reason why this high-stakes battle is a must-see occasion:
Show and show for McCaskill
When McCaskill steps into the ring, she’s not there to fiddle. Her aggressive strategy was the rationale she was capable of squeeze out a choice towards Braekhus of their first outing. By consistently urgent ahead, “CasKILLA” saved Braekhus on her again foot for a lot of the competition and compelled her to battle her manner again into the bout within the later rounds. With ladies’s boxing nonetheless having two-minute rounds, a quick begin may put the champion in prime place to retain. It additionally implies that we should have an thrilling battle, as a result of what McCaskill lacks in method, she greater than makes up for in coronary heart.
Do or die for Braekhus
Before struggling her first loss in controversial trend, Braekhus had staked her declare as the very best feminine fighter on the planet. She is certainly one of solely eight boxers — male or feminine — to carry 4 main world titles concurrently. That is due largely to Braekhus mastering her craft as a boxer-puncher who makes use of ability to outclass the competitors. Maybe she was asleep on the wheel for the primary half of their preliminary encounter. But “The First Lady” is incensed by an opponent who guarantees to carry a retirement occasion for the previous champion by the tip of the evening. And, truthfully, if Braekhus loses, it simply could be the tip of the highway for her. At 39, she may resolve that that is it if she comes up brief.
Styles make fights
Fights that characteristic a brawler vs. a boxer are typically engaging encounters, and given the stakes of this rematch, you can relaxation assured that neither fighter shall be underestimating their opponent. McCaskill’s high-energy strategy has labored in relation to convincing judges to provide her the shut rounds. Braekhus is conscious of what occurred and will not be afforded the luxurious of ready to seek out openings. When a talented boxer is pressured to battle off a brawler, it normally turns into a deal with for the followers.
Women’s boxing deserves our consideration
Women’s boxing has been woefully underserved for an extremely very long time, for quite a lot of causes. But the present stars have the potential to lastly give the ladies the highlight they deserve. Claressa Shields, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano are only a few of the great fighters who’re on the high of their recreation. And now we’ll see two of the very best go at it in a co-main occasion? If you complained about the shortage of visibility for girls’s boxing, then you should exit of your method to watch this one. (It shall be on DAZN.) But you cannot simply watch it; you should tweet about it and let the world know that ladies’s boxing is related and the fighters deserve simply as a lot, if no more, consideration as their male counterparts. With consideration comes cash; they deserve that, too.