Jessica McCaskill performed spoiler in a serious method Saturday evening.
McCaskill edged Cecilia Brækhus through majority resolution to turn into the brand new undisputed welterweight champion of the world in downtown Tulsa, Okla. In doing so, in simply her 11th professional battle, McCaskill (9-2, three KOs) handed Brækhus (36-1, 9 KOs) the primary lack of her professional profession and stopped the “First Woman” from snapping Joe Louis’ streak of 25 straight title defenses.
Judges scored it in favor of McCaskill 95-95, 97-93 and 97-94, crediting the Chicago native for outworking Brækhus by throwing 499 punches to Brækhus’ 269, although Brækhus was the extra correct puncher who landed 32 p.c of her pictures.
McCaskill set the tone with a relentless assault throughout the early rounds. Although she gave up measurement, her will overshadowed that of Brækhus’ early on, as she barreled via and obtained to the within on the champ. The “First Woman” made changes, tried to bounce to the surface and countered effectively via the center to late rounds.
By the tip of the battle, McCaskill’s nonstop motor and bevy of punches earned judges’ respect greater than Brækhus’ precision they usually scored the bout that method, as McCaskill added the undisputed welterweight crown to her unified tremendous light-weight titles.
Plus, she fought the something’s potential adage into existence along with her inspirational story of being homeless at one level of her life to changing into simply the fourth girl in ladies’s boxing to be topped undisputed world champion.
“That is for the fourth-grade-year-old homeless Jessica,” McCaskill stated after the bout. “That is for the little woman that simply did not care what folks considered her and discovered to like herself despite the fact that she was actually bizarre.”
Whereas the 38-year-old Brækhus would not know what the long run holds, she appeared to acknowledge her age and historic profession.
“If that is my final battle, I might depart ladies’s boxing and simply say ‘I used to be part of this. I used to be part of taking ladies’s boxing to this stage,'” she stated.
McCaskill will now face the Aug. 22 victor between Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon. McCaskill has lengthy coveted a rematch with Taylor, who defeated her through unanimous resolution again in December 2017.
The McCaskill-Brækhus bout was held on the intersection of E. fifth Avenue and S. Boston Avenue within the coronary heart of Tulsa, Okla. earlier than no followers because of the persevering with COVID-19 pandemic.