Post by David Mckee on Jul 3, 2012 16:38:04 GMT -5
Team Sauerland has announced that Frederikshavn will host the showdown between WBA/WBC and WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (20-0, 5 KOs) and Anne Sophie Mathis (26-2, 22 KOs) on September 22 when the Nordic Fight Night returns to Arena Nord.
Post by Todd Bykerk on Aug 17, 2012 15:12:58 GMT -5
LATEST NEWS FROM INSIDE THE BRAEKUS CAMP...as the world's #1 ranked women's welterweight Braekhus prepares for next month's epic showdown with the #2 ranked Mathis. *** rankings courtesy of The Bykerk Rankings
Allan, TD, Lj > thanx for posting!! I wish more people would contribute, but alas, it is what it is....... I really do like the theme of this match-up being the "The Tiger vs the Lion." Mathis has that tiger fighting spirit down stone cold.
SOME ((TRANSLATED)) COMMENTS ABOUT THE UPCOMING Mathis v Braekhus fight - from VGD - to get a taste of what those "across the pond" are saying.........
> I think Holm had a very lousy defense against Mathis. I can't understand why she was hailed as the best. Cecilia is many notches above Holm as a fighter. I think she may be able to beat Mathis, if she fights smart. But any mistakes she makes will lead to big problems.
> The Mathis v Braekhus match-up is exciting. If you had asked me before the Holm - Mathis fight, I would have said Braekhus would be my pick to win in a fight against Mathis. But now, I do not know. Rarely have I seen anyone so brutally beaten in women's boxing as Holm was against Mathis.
> Braekhus will receive too many punches, and against someone that can punch like Mathis, that will end the fight. My guess is Breakhus only stays in the fight for 3 to 4 rounds, then it's over.
> Mathis looks pretty "heavy handed." Go Mathis!
> Cecilia has never been shaken. Holm's defense against Mathis was catastrophically bad. If I use the match between Holm and Braekhus as a starting point, I believe Holm's defensive skills are "bottom of the bucket" compared with Cecilia's. In the Holm fight, Mathis was very strong and assertive, but not particularly fast. Cecilia is a better "technical" boxer, and this should allow Braekhus to win the fight.
> Mathis might not be the more "technical" boxer, but she is very well trained, and she hits exceptionally hard. If Cecilia is to beat her, she must pace herself and be super concentrated on the fight at all times. Cecilia gets easily frustrated, a bad quality for a boxer. I hope she wins, but I have my doubts about the outcome.
> I agree that Mathis is unrelenting. But I think if Cecilia fights to the top of her skill and ability, I think she will be able to easily control Mathis. Holm began to brawl with Mathis, seeking a KO win. I don't see Cecilia making this mistake.
> Cecilia has a tendency to swell around the eyes. This will be a factor in the match.
> If Braekhus does not scare Mathis with her punches, then Mathis will pile it on. At the same time, Braekhus is far better technically, and she could still win this on points.
> I think Braekhus has improved in her most recent fights. There should be no doubt that she has a punch to shake Mathis. Can she hit as hard as Mathis, certainly not. But you don't have to be the harder hitter to win fights. Mathis pushes a lot, not a lot of variety to it. She just goes straight ahead. But Cecilia is smart, and I think she will be able to maneuver away from Mathis. There is tremendous evidence that "technicians" can do well against "sluggers" in boxing. But Mathis is going to connect. What will be interesting to see is when Cecilia takes a "clean" shot from Mathis. THAT WILL BE the deciding factor in this fight. I think Mathis will make things hard for Braekhus. It should be very exciting.
Todd-- Braekus vs Mathis will be a much more honest fight than Mathis vs Holm #2, or #1 for that matter. However, woman to woman in a real fight, honestly conducted, Braekus doesn't have much of a chance. But she will give Mathis a better fight than Holm did in #2.
In terms of your dream, Braekus vs. Holm match up--furgetaboutit. No way would Braekus take the "DOPE" and fight in NM. NONE>OK, maybe for $250,000...tell LF that and then get me a picture of the heart-attack.
Soon, the USA BOXING COMM. will put fights like HOLM VS MATHIS2 on display in the " evidence footlocker..." TD
TD, Holm-MathisI was as open/honest as it gets - not sure why you would make that statement ?
But if Braekhus does win Sept. 22nd - LF would be totally inept - maybe insane - not to sign a contract for a Holm-Braekhus fight in Europe. It would be huge!! TV. Probably at least a 20,000 seat arena. There is no use in hiding the fact that besides being elite boxers, both Holm and Braekhus are very personable, attractive women. How did Gina Carano become so popular? She had legit fighting skills and was extremely personable/attractive. LF himself has stated that Mathis is hard to promote because of various factors: no fan base etc... And let's be honest, Mathis is not exactly filled with charisma - at least in public. She can come across as somewhat sullen. I'm not doggin' or dissin' Mathis. As with everything in life - it is what it is.
But 1st, Breakhus has to get past Mathis Sept. 22nd. And then LF has stop being such a nutty control freak and actually work with Braekus' team with a sense of vigor and united purpose to set up Holm-Braekhus.
Last Edit: Sept 14, 2012 13:29:53 GMT -5 by Todd Bykerk
Todd--Mathis - Holm #1 had two things that were not straight; one was a ref that extended bizarre gifts to Holm that actually turned out to be the reverse ( prevented Mathis from punching Holm and didn't call that a knockdown or stoppage, then lifted Holm's arm off rope, didn't call a knockdown in #6 that was apparent to everyone), the second one, people actually heard ( can't say for sure) that Holm was ahead going into round #7!!!!
And the second fight is in the evidence footlocker.
The reason LF won't fight anywhere but home is he can't win anywhere but home. Or Michigan.
The 20K seating is nice, at $45 asp, its 900K live gross, whats the TV fee? Another 900K? That's a multi-million dollar deal that everyone should be up early in the morning to make happen, not block or diss or fight against...but homer vs homer deals are almost unmake-able, IMO.
Hell yes looks matter when you can fight. Gina vs Cyborg...two fighters, one looker...fans behind Gina...nice take on that deal...but the dour Mathis is part of her insanely focused personality...think pitbull, a dog bred to bite a bull in the neck and hold on until the bull bled to death or threw the dog off and stomped it...that's focus...no doubt Braekus can fight and will have to fight twice as hard and much faster against Mathis, but really, I want to see if she is a real fighter or ignore-able HOMER...no doubt Braekus and Holm make a very nice poster as they both make cupcakes while wearing "gear" from Victoria's Secret Collection! But the control freak, non-confident LF will send that one to the bottom like it was Titanic #2.
I know that Vegas would be acceptable to Braekus but here's were the Homer factor kills the gate...they are both backyard fighters, not much more. Sorry. They will have to send you cupcakes! TD
Post by Todd Bykerk on Sept 15, 2012 12:03:31 GMT -5
Some excellent points there Mr. TD.
Rocky the Ref in December made some highly questionable judgement calls, which caused some post-fight concerns (me included) - but his actions did not in any way detract from the performance of either Holm or Mathis that night. It was truly a fight for "World Dominance." The fight 100% lived up to it's promotional name. I've been working (slowly) on a list of the "Greatest" fights in women's boxing since 1996 - and Holm-Mathis I is in the top 5. And it wan't a "brawl" either. It was a hard hitting fight for dominance, by two elite women's boxers. ONE OF THE GREATEST FIGHTS EVER - HOLM-MATHIS I abqjournal.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/World-Dominance-Fight-at-Route-66-Casino-Hotel-12-2-11/G0000j5pn9.douQw/I0000UBJCbB.mru0/C0000.IhAYaq8NPw ps - abqjournal has these pics available for purchase!!
June's rematch was like one of those movie sequels that just can't compete with the original on any level - ie. CADDYSHACK II. Nothing remarkable happened. Happens all the time with sequels.
Would Holm-MathisIII be worth the effort to set up? My opinion is that Holm (deep down in her heart/soul) has had enough of Mathis...
Which brings us to Sept. 22nd. And the BIG question - which fight will we see? A genuine fight for World Dominance or will Braekhus play it safe - like Holm did in June? Braekhus has been very honest about her opinion of Holm's win in the rematch and has promised ***NOT*** to win that way.
So if Braekhus can pull off the upset and beat Mathis - only a total, complete NUTTY control freak would not take advantage of the opportunity to make Holm-Braekhus a reality. Because I think this match-up would bring out the Holm we all saw in December - she was amazing!! And Braekhus would match it 100%. But my worry is that a certain individual in NM would do his best to scuttle Holm-Braekhus.
But 1st, let's enjoy Sept. 22nd. Because even if she loses, Anne Mathis has secured a permanent place in history as one of the best.
Last Edit: Sept 15, 2012 13:26:47 GMT -5 by Todd Bykerk
Todd-- really? You think that blog post is anywhere near accurate?
Boxingjones said this:
"Mathis didn't adjust well in her second fight with Holm when Holm moved in and out in straight lines and often clinched instead of trading punches with a puncher. Holm, when at close range, dove in to clinch. I didn't witness Mathis attempt to counter this move by throwing uppercuts. I'm not certain that she throws the punch. "
HUH? Not sure Mathis throws an uppercut? WOW. Clueless is more like the grade for that preview.
Worse, Holm didn't win #2...if she did, she DIS' fighters everywhere. Even Braekus laughs at Holm in her second fight. I am telling you right now, that fight is in the evidence footlocker. If any fighter anywhere can win a fight by running away, grabbing and holding, throwing fewer and landing fewer--- than this sport is just a puppet-play.
Has anybody ever seen Braekus fight backwards or side to side? NO? Well you might see that against Mathis--- for a short period of time.
The two "assessments" of this Superfight that I posted think that Braekhus will win. And if she does, the time for Tom-foolery will be over. It will be time for Lenny to pull on his cowboy boots, cinch down the belt and get to work on the Holm-Braekhus contract. All Holly would have to do is go into Lenny's office and say, "make it happen! I want Braekhus!"
The translated version details that with Cecilia devoting so much of her life to boxing, it makes being in a relationship difficult.
One sentence from the latest "press release" outa New Mexico gives me great cause for concern - as it should everyone!! "We will announce Holly's next fight on September 25, proving once again that she ducks no legitimate world title challenger." Yes kids, that line right there sends a shudder down my spine. It might be time for everyone to pack up the family, the pets and make a quick dash to a store and stock up on vitamin pills, bottled water/sports drinks, toilet paper, granola bars, canned soup/veggies, batteries, a good flashlite and a 1st Aid kit - and then head for the safety of the hills for a few days. If Lenny has actually signed a "legitimate" challenger for Holm's next fight, I will be amazed. Shocked.
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2012 10:57:51 GMT -5 by Todd Bykerk
Post by Todd Bykerk on Sept 20, 2012 12:31:10 GMT -5
I tried to get the "translated" version of this story to "paste" over - but it won't for me. Perhaps someone smarter can do it. But anyhoo - according to the translated version, Anne Mathis has very bad feelings about the rematch with Holm and how things were handled. Mathis says the rematch could have taken place in France. Mathis says that "Clan Holm" argued that Holm would not make any money by fighting in France. Mathis says this made her laugh, because it isn't true. Mathis also claims that the "interpreter" that was used by "Clan Holm" did not do a good job. The lead off sentence refers to the rematch as the "Albuquerque Ambush" - a phrase TD will agree with I assume.
Todd- Mathis Holm 2 was the scam of the century. And you don't think there are "hard feelings"...? It was a black mark on boxing...anybody, after watching Holm-Mathis #2 and then signing to fight in ALB should have an MRI done. Further, Sophie hinted that MORE money could have been made in France...even worse, she was mis-interperted or as she points to, selectively interperted. The boxing world watched that. The US Senate watched that. Theft takes many forms.
Some of the hi-lites. "Mathis has shown over two fights against Holm in the U.S. that she is a much better boxer. Frezquez is trying to market an athlete who has lost its value drastically....The TV pictures I saw of that fight showed that Holm was not interested in boxing. She was keen to get away - scared to get beaten up again." - Erik Nilsen
"Holm should have been disqualified midway through the fight because of clinching and she barely got any warnings. That in itself was a scandal, and I think Mathis won nine of the ten rounds. The scoring was the most ridiculous I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of things." - Thomas Hansvoll
The story also goes on to say that Thomas Hansvoll has long thought that Cecilia Braekhus is the world's best women's boxer.
Post by boxingjones on Sept 22, 2012 17:37:35 GMT -5
I scored the fight 96-94 for Mathis. It was similar to Hagler vs Leonard. Mathis came forward landing mostly single shots and Braekhus was in and out landing combinations. She didn't land nearly enough to me. Mathis did an excellent job after the first round mirroring the movement of Braekhus.
I would like to see a rematch in another country such as Germany or even France if Team Braekhus is confident. I doubt if we see Holly Holm taking on either. She's in a bad spot right now. She either fights another retread, or challenges Braekhus outside of New Mexico.
Post by Kenneth Fenrup on Sept 23, 2012 13:14:16 GMT -5
- Cecilia Brækhus is much faster than Holly Holm, and she has a better overview, but Holm is very agile and hard to hit, says Mathis to norwegian media.
- Cecilia is better than Holm, and I would like to help help her if they will be fighting. I'd really like to train and spar with Cecilia. I work mostly with men, and it would be a good solution for both of us to work together, says Mathis.
Post by boxingjones on Sept 24, 2012 16:18:23 GMT -5
Mathis should have been given the nod in that fight. She hurt Braekhus numerous times causing her to clinch or to turn her back and walk away around the referee. It's smart, but she was doing that for a reason. Mathis was landing hard with single shots.