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Boxing queen Cecilia Braekhus wants a fight with Cris Cyborg in 2017

Emboldened by a recent win, Braekhus is ready to make bigger waves

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Cecilia Brakhus may be at the top of the mountain in the boxing world, but she’s still hungry for more and wants a new kind of challenge.

After defeating fellow elite boxer Anne Sophie Mathis on Braekhus’ home soil in Norway over the weekend, she intends to take on a different kind of opponent for next year - none other than Cristian Justino, a.k.a. Cris Cyborg. As noted over at BoxingScene.com, Braekhus wants the fight to happen sometime next year:

"About her future plans, Braekhus said: "Two things I want to do next year - fight in the United States and fight Cris Cyborg. She's been talking loudly about fighting me in a boxing match and I'm all for it. And the United States is a place I've wanted to fight for many years and want to make that happen in 2017 as well."

Braekhus remains undefeated in boxing at a sterling 28-0, and at the age of 35 has been competing as a professional since 2007. She has also earned and currently holds the IBF, WBC, WBO and WBA titles, being the first and only woman to do so in any weight class. Braekhus previously held an amateur career of 75-5, including amateur wins at the European Championships as well as the World Championships in 2004 and 2005. She started kickboxing as a teenager winning various semi-contact tournaments.

As for Cyborg, she’s currently committed to both Invicta and the UFC, having two bouts thus far in the premier organization to date, including her recent effort weeks ago against UFC newcomer, Lina Lansberg. Cyborg also holds a record of 2-1 under Muay Thai rules, with her last fight being against kickboxing phenom Jorina Baars at Lion Fight 14 in 2014. Despite losing the fight, Cyborg achieved a great deal of notoriety due to her efforts during the fight, which ended as a decision loss. The general consensus was that she acquitted herself well, but that doesn’t translate to any success in an actual boxing match, as Braekhus wants this to happen under boxing rules. It may not be contractually possible due to Justino’s obligations, but the speculation machine will undoubtedly be fired up from here on in.