Saturday, December 8, 2018

StubHub Center / Carson, CA

Cecilia Braekhus

(35-0-0, 9 KOs) VS.

Aleksandra Magdziak

(18-5-3, 1 KOs)

HBO Broadcast: 10:20pm ET
Available HD

From tape delay, Undisputed Women's Welterweight World Champion "The First Lady" Cecilia Braekhus (34-0-0, 9 KOs) defends her title as she takes on two-time world title challenger Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes (18-4-3, 1 KOs). Their highly anticipated bout will take place at the iconic Stubhub Center in Carson, California on Saturday, December 8.

In July 2018, Braekhus won a 10-round unanimous decision over Junior Middleweight World Champion Inna Sagaydakovskaya. Prior to this win, she was victorious over Kali Reis in the first women's bout televised by HBO in their 45-year history on May 5, 2018. Braekhus hails from Norway and since September 2014 has held the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBP Welterweight World Titles.

Magdziak-Lopes has previously challenged for the world title twice. In September 2016, she faced Ewa Piatkowska for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title, losing a ten-round unanimous decision. Two years before this she battled Mikaela Lauren, losing narrowly in a majority decision.

"I'm thrilled to be announcing my next title defense against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes," said Cecilia Braekhus. "I know Aleksandra very well and this will be a very tough challenge for me."

"She is the best women's fighter in the world and has been for many years but on December 8...I will come out victorious with her titles," said Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes.

Preceding this match, former Unified World Champion Juan Francisco "El Gallo" Estrada (37-3-0, 25 KOs) faces Victor "Spock" Mendez (28-3-2, 20 KOs) in a ten-round super-flyweight clash.

Opening the triple-header is a match between two-time US Olympic Gold Medalist and Women's Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields (7-0-0, 2 KOs) and Women's Super-Middleweight World Champion Femke Hermans (9-1-0, 3 KOs).

HBO RETAINS WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO THIS EVENT, EXCLUDING: Japan, Scandinavia, and non-exclusive Mexico


Juan Francisco Estrada Sonora, MX (38-3-0, 26 KOs)


Victor Mendez

Sonora, MX (28-4-2, 20 KOs)



Claressa Shields Flint , MI (8-0-0, 2 KOs)


Femke Hermans

Londerzeel, BE (9-2-0, 3 KOs)