Jessica McCaskill, a 35-Twelve months-ragged investment banker from Chicago who overcame homelessness as a child and moonlights as a legit boxer, sprang a seismic upset on Saturday evening in dethroning Cecilia Brækhus, the undisputed welterweight champion widely regarded because the sport’s pound-for-pound world #1.
The younger and busier American challenger won a slim 10-round majority decision by ratings of 97-94, 97-93 and 95-95 to take the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles at 147lbs in a motive-built ring on the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. (The Guardian had it 95-95.)
“Here is for the fourth-grade homeless Jessica,” acknowledged McCaskill, a titleholder at 140lbs who moved up in weight for a shot at Brækhus, who was undefeated in 36 legit bouts. “Here is for the microscopic girl that ideal didn’t care what of us belief about her, and discovered to love herself even though she was truly uncommon. And for the me now that sacrifices everything to assign this sport first and assemble a distinction.”
Brækhus (36-1, 9 KOs), the 38-Twelve months-ragged Norwegian who became a world champion in 2009 and the first woman to unify all four well-known title belts in any weight class in 2014, landed the cleaner and further well suited blows all the method thru the battle, which took achieve at a take-weight of 145lbs.
But McCaskill (9-2, 3 KOs), who went off as a 6-1 underdog, was by far the extra active fighter, touchdown 84 of 499 punches (17%) when put next with 85 of 269 for her opponent (32%).
“I ideal didn’t pause,” acknowledged McCaskill, who balances her boxing profession with a fleshy-time job as an analyst for Chicago brokerage giant RJ O’Brien & Pals. “I didn’t ask her to be as rough as she was, however I was capable of be as rough as I needed to be and that’s what came out.”