February 27th will see the return of undefeated WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO World Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus after a layoff of more than a year. The 27-0 Braekhus is scheduled to face tough Chris Namus of Uruguay, who brings a fine record of 21-3 to the table.
Braekhus is one of the world's most decorated women's fighters, but she last fought on November 29th, 2014 when she defeated Jennifer Retzke via unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 98-92).
Braekhus spent a good part of last year changing managment, and she eventually ended up in the fold with K-2 Promotions and Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. She was scheduled to fight on the undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury match last year in what would have been The First Lady's biggest fight to date. The Klitschko – Fury bout was postponed and by the time the fight occurred, Braekhus had to pull out because of her own injury.
Now Braekhus returns in February, in the co-main event spot of the Ola Afolabi versus Marco Huck bout scheduled for Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.
Her opponent, Namus is not to be taken lightly. The scene in Argentina and Uruguay where Namus came up is one of the most robust on the planet, and her losses all come in championship fights at a high level. She has won five fights in a row since a pair of 2012 losses to Fernanda Soledad Alegre with the WBO World title at Super Lightweight. This is her first fight outside of South America.
2016 has the potential to be a big year for women's boxing. Is a breakout star on the horizon? Believe it or not, the talent is there in the women's divisions, with several ladies contesting the mythical spot of pound for pound #1 in the world. If Cecilia Braekhus can win on February 27th, she will put her name right back in that mix, where she has been for the past six years.