Jessica McCaskill will defend her undisputed world welterweight title against Cecilia Braekhus (pictured) in early 2021 after former champion Braekhus activated the rematch clause. McCaskill ripped the titles from Braekhus in a tightly fought contest in Tulsa, Oklahoma in August, with one judge unable to split the pair but challenger McCaskill getting the nod on the other cards, 97-94 and 97-93. The win meant that McCaskill (9-2, 3 KOs) became a two-weight champion in just her 11th pro outing, and was another chapter of a phenomenal rise for the Chicago ace.
McCaskill traveled to London in her seventh pro fight in December 2017 and gave lightweight champion Katie Taylor a run for her money in a losing effort. McCaskill picked up the WBA 140-pound title in her next fight against Erica Farias in October 2018 and then added another belt against Anahi Sanchez in May 2019.
Braekhus (36-1 9 KOs) suffered her first career defeat in Tulsa and that loss prevented the Norwegian from making history by breaking Joe Louis’ 72 year-old record of 25 consecutive world title defenses. Braekhus hinted at retirement in her post-fight interview but has decided to exercise her right to a rematch. Now both former champion and defending ruler are ready to lock horns once again, with an early 2021 date and venue to be announced later in the year.