Brækhus vs McCaskill Weight-In and Running Order Undisputed Welterweight Crown On the Line
In Tulsa, Oklahoma Tomorrow
First bell: 7pm CT/ 8pm ET – Live on DAZN!
6 x 3 mins Featherweight Bout
Raymond Ford: 126.8lbs
Eric Manriquez: 126.6lbs.
10 x 3 mins Super Lightweight Bout (142lbs catchweight)
Shakhram Giyasov: 141.4lbs.
Wiston Campos: 141.4lbs.
6 x 3 mins Middleweight Bout
Nikita Ababiy: 160.2 lbs.
Jarvis Williams: 159.4 lbs.
10 x 3 mins WBA World Super Welterweight final eliminator
Israil Madrimov: 153.6 lbs.
Eric Walker: 153.2 lbs.
10 x 2 mins Undisputed World Welterweight Title
Cecilia Brækhus: 145 lbs.
Jessica McCaskill: 144.4 lbs.
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After the success of snooker in the 1980s, Matchroom Sport moved into boxing with two small hall shows followed by Frank Bruno v Joe Bugner at Tottenham Hotspur’s ground – the biggest boxing event of 1987. That launched the company into the boxing big-time, a position it has maintained ever since.
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Tulsa Takeover: Brækhus / McCaskill Final Presser!
(August 13th) Saturday night sees our return in the US as we take to the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma! Headlined by Cecilia Brækhus and Jessica McCaskill's undisputed welterweight war, the night also sees Uzbek superstars Israil Madrimov and Shakhram out on their charge toward world title shots, in addition to prospects Nikita Ababiy and Raymond Ford.
Shakhram Giyasov Returns
To Light Up Tulsa on August 15th!
(August 13th) In his first outing in just a few weeks shy of a year, Shakhram Giyasov looks to make a big statement as he returns to action defending his WBA International Super-Lightweight strap in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 15.
As part of Eddie Hearn's Uzbek trio sweeping the professional ranks, he looks to follow in the footsteps of unified Super-Bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev as he eyes world title shot in the near future.
Cecilia Brækhus (36-0 9 KOs) goes for history in the 26th defense of her undisputed Welterweight crown against unified Super-Lightweight champion Jessica McCaskill (8-2 3 KOs) in the unique setting of the downtown Tulsa streets as Matchroom return Stateside.
Israil Madrimov faces Eric Walker in a final eliminator for the WBA World Super-Welterweight title while his fellow countryman Shakhram Giyasov (9-0 7 KOs) will now face Wiston Campos (31-7-6 19 KOs) after second replacement opponent Rey Perez was ruled out following original opponent Francisco Rojo being forced out of the bout after testing positive for COVID-19 during his training camp in his home city, and a trio of young talents complete the card in Nikita Ababiy (8-0 6 KOs), Raymond Ford (5-0 2 KOs) and the debut of amateur star Marc Castro.
Madrimov Dreaming of Uzbek Blockbuster
‘The Dream’ Takes on Eric Walker
In a World Title Final Eliminator In Tulsa!
(August 12th) Israil Madrimov is looking to steal the show again to convince promoter Eddie Hearn to put on a huge show in Uzbekistan as he faces Eric Walker in a final eliminator for the WBA World Super-Welterweight title in the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night (August 15) LIVE on DAZN.
Madrimov (5-0 5 KOs) has made an electric start to life in the paid ranks, leaving his decorated amateur career behind and winning a title in his first pro outing in November 2018 to signal his intentions.
No opponent has taken the Uzbek star into the seventh round after five fights, and while Walker (20-2 9 KOs) has arrived in Tulsa confident of stopping Madrimov’s march and adding to his own incredible story, ‘The Dream’ can take a giant step towards his goal of becoming a World ruler with victory.
Boxing is the number one sport in Madrimov’s homeland and they recently celebrated their first World champion when Murodjon ‘MJ’ Akhmadaliev became the unified Super-Bantamweight ruler in January with victory over Daniel Roman in just his eighth pro outing.
Madrimov still has ambitions to beat his ‘brother’s’ record and aim to unify at 154lbs before eight fights, targeting a future clash with the winner of the September unification battle between IBF and WBA Super champion Jeison Rosario and WBC king Jermell Charlo, but winning a World title is the key, and if that can happen in Uzbekistan, the 25 year old believes it would be a historic night for his country.
“There have been talks over doing an event in Uzbekistan with Eddie Hearn, and it’s easier to do now with MJ as a World champion, it would be a huge event,” said Madrimov. “Our people are crazy boxing fans and would fill up any venue in the country, we have support from the government, so I am sure that it would be a sold-out stadium success and people would remember it for years.
“MJ made history and we’re happy for him as our friend, brother and teammate, it’s unbelievable what he achieved, unified champion in eight fights - but I still have time to beat him!
“Right now, the focus is Eric on Saturday, not looking past that. As soon as business is taken care of, we move on and we want to fight the champion, whoever that is. Rosario and Charlo are fighting each other, whoever has the belts I’m ready to fight them.
“Every fight for me is very important. I started off with a title fight on debut and my last fight was an eliminator, so they are all important and they keep getting bigger. This is a final eliminator and that’s big for me because win this and the next fight should be for a World title, the champion cannot avoid me then. I don’t call people out, I just want to be in a position to fight for titles. I want to build my own legacy and history by becoming World champion and I want to break records.”
Cecilia Brækhus: Welterweight Champion
Taking COVID-19 & Record-Breaking Tulsa Fight In Stride!
(August 12th) Cecilia Brækhus says her experience will be the key as the undisputed Welterweight champion puts her titles on the line against Jessica McCaskill on the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday August 15, Live on DAZN.
Brækhus (36-0 9 KOs) is gunning for history on Saturday night as she looks to surpass Joe Louis’ 72-year record for World title defenses and is brimful of confidence that she has seen too much in the sport for the tenacious McCaskill (8-2 3 KOs) to dethrone her.
The Norwegian star has been lacing them up as a pro for over 13 years following a successful amateur career, and dwarfing her Chicago rival who has achieved so much in just shy of five years as a pro – and Brækhus believes that gulf in experience will be key to adapt to the unique conditions of boxing around the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ve been doing this a long time and I know the drill; it’s not the first time a fight has been cancelled for me,” said Brækhus. “Of course, these are some extraordinary circumstances, but as soon as the fight was off, we wound down a little bit and had some time off before slowly starting back up again. I think we’ve done the right thing, we haven’t over-trained, but we’ve stayed in shape.
“I will get win 37 in Tulsa. Being in Big Bear for so many months has given me another life in boxing, before I have been in meetings, on the phone, flying back and forth, LA-Norway, Norway-LA, but I’ve been just completely focused on my boxing and I am in the best shape, I cannot remember the last time I was in such great shape and I cannot wait for Saturday.
“Where I box doesn’t matter to me, I just get in the ring and I’m excited to share the ring with a great fighter. I’ve travelled the world and boxed indoors and outdoors; this is my job and it’s what we do. We have our routines and we are following them; we’re going to do the work inside the ring and that’s all the matters. The set up in Tulsa looks great and I’m excited to be a part of it, it’s completely new.
“I feel great knowing that we’ve both stayed in camp and so we’ll both be the best versions of ourselves. I think that it’s one of the best fights that Matchroom could come back with in the States.
“The best fighters will adapt to the new conditions. When I go into the ring I just focus on my opponent and nothing else, so it will be different but I have experienced a lot of weird stuff in my career, it’s been many years now and I honestly think that I have experienced everything so I don’t think no crowd being there will be an issue at all. I am there to do a job and that’s where my focus is.
“It’s a huge fight. The setting, being the main fight, a tough opponent in Jessica who we all know from her fights with Erica Farias and Katie Taylor; I think we’re opening boxing for Matchroom with a bang in America.”
Touchdown In Tulsa! Fighters
Enter the Bubble Ahead of US Return!
Israil Madrimov Looks to Land Big In WBA Final Eliminator!
(August 9th) The fighters enter the fight week bubble ahead of Matchroom's return in the US. Following an extensive safety protocol, fighters are first checked in, examined, and then escorted to their rooms under quarantine.
Hot on the heels of compatriot Murodjon Akhmadaliev, Uzbekistan's Israil Madrimov is chasing down his own shot at a world title on Matchroom's US return in Oklahoma on August 15. Part of a trio of stellar talent flying the flag in Eddie Hearn's US stable, Madrimov has already established himself as a threat at 154lbs with devastating power and a 100% KO record. Taking on Eric Walker in WBA World title final eliminator, he looks to line up a shot at the gold very soon.
Jessica McCaskill: Beating Brækhus
Leads to More Mega Fights - Super-Lightweight Ruler Targets Taylor Rematch and More With August 15th Win!
(August 6th) Jessica McCaskill has the biggest fight of her career against undisputed Welterweight ruler Cecilia Brækhus on the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 15, live on DAZN – and McCaskill believes that victory would lead to even more mega-fights.
McCaskill (8-2 3 KOs) has been a revelation in her last four fights, first travelling to the UK to give Katie Taylor the sternest of tests in her in the Irish star’s first defense of her WBA World Lightweight title in December 2017 in London.
The Chicagoan then became World champion herself in her next fight, moving to Super-Lightweight and taking on WBC title holder Erica Farias on home turf in the Windy City in October 2018, ripping the title from the Argentine in Matchroom and DAZN’s first fight night in the US.
McCaskill unified the division in her next outing when she added the WBA strap to her WBC belt against Anahi Sanchez in Maryland in May 2019 and held onto the titles in a gripping rematch with Farias back in Chicago five months later.
‘CasKILLA’ can now become a two-weight champion and undisputed 147lber in just her 11th pro outing, but while her focus is on the tough task of dethroning the unbeaten Brækhus (36-0 9 KOs) and the trappings of success that would come with the win, the ambitious 35 year old knows that even bigger fights would come next as women’s boxing continues to rise.
“We’ll be in the Hall of Fame after winning this, that’s the big prize in the fight,’ said McCaskill. “After that, we move on to more history, to bigger and more fights with the top tier names.
“The ultimate opportunity and reward in the fight is beating Cecilia, getting the belts and being in the history books. Then we’ll move on and things will be bigger and broader and we’re just continuing to look for the levels and the steps in female boxing.
“This is a massive step from even the last fight, we just want to continue to conquer every challenge that comes our way. Winning on August 15 is everything, it opens up more mega fights; the Katie Taylor rematch, Amanda Serrano, Claressa Shields at 145lbs – there’s so many doors that can be opened by beating Cecilia.
“I’m happy to be back and to be boxing on August 15 and headlining. We’ve headlined before so it’s exciting to add another one to the resume and this is a major fight but it does get bigger than this and that’s something that we’ll have to see once this one is done.
“We’ve fought at higher weights and lower weights, the adjustment is minimal and with every fight I’ve had, my body has developed more and more. The transition has been smooth and easy and we haven’t had to do much as far as weight is concerned.
“I am not approaching the fight any differently with their being no fans, I just feel it’s going to be a more focused and intense fight. I’ll be able to hear every word from my coach, I won’t have to bring myself down from the energy of the crowd, I’ll be able to go in focused and ready to fight.
“We’re under the Tulsa city lights and the stars in an outdoor event, it’s a spectacular venue and I’m excited to be part of it.”
Brækhus: Brutal Big Bear Has Improved Me Welterweight Ruler Says Abel Sanchez Has Made Her ‘More Dangerous’!
(August 6th) Cecilia Brækhus is ready to burst out of her Big Bear training camp and become a record breaker as the undisputed Welterweight champion puts her titles on the line against Jessica McCaskill on the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday August 15, LIVE on DAZN.
Brækhus (36-0 9 KOs) tackles the unified Super-Lightweight champion McCaskill (8-2 3 KOs) knowing that victory will see her pass Joe Louis 72 year record of 25 straight successful World championship defenses – but history isn’t in the Norwegian’s mind having had plenty of time to prepare for face the tenacious Chicagoan.
The pair were set to clash in April in Maryland but for the COVID-19 pandemic to put a halt to all sporting events. Brækhus started camp for that fight in January – her second outing with trainer Abel Sanchez – and believes an elongated spell in the Big Bear mountains with her esteemed coach will give her the edge in Tulsa.
“I’ve been in Big Bear since January because I wanted to be back in the ring as soon as possible and wanted everyone to know that I’d be ready at the first opportunity,” said Brækhus. “When I got the chance to be one of the first to fight for Matchroom on a big show I was very happy.
“I’m in the best shape ever, I feel amazing. I feel strong, I’m in the best condition I’ve ever been in and I’ve worked great with Abel. We’ve made small adjustments; we’re not trying to make me a new fighter but just take the things that I’m already good at and adding things to it to make me a more complete and dangerous fighter.
“Working with Abel has been so much fun, I’m learning and developing every day and I’m having a great time.
“I’m in an amazing place in Big Bear, training in the heart of nature, with the mountains and the fresh air, it’s a home away from home as it’s what I grew up with in Norway.
“I missed belonging to one gym, it’s been a good thing for me, not traveling around from country to country and gym to gym, it takes a toll on you. Being in Big Bear gives you more strength and power, and the high altitude has had a good effect on me.
“Abel is so professional and has worked with so many champions, I don’t have to tell him anything or explain anything, we just get down to work. He is a great guy, a motivator and that’s something that doesn’t get mentioned very often. The training in Big Bear is brutal but Abel leads by example and that’s really important.”
Jessica McCaskill Vows to KO
Cecilia Braekhus on August 15th!
(August 4th) Chicago's unified Super-Lightweight world champion Jessica McCaskill steps up for a shot at the ultimate prize on August 15, headlining Eddie Hearn's US return in challenging Cecilia Braekhus for the undisputed welterweight championship.
Outlining her intentions of a 'distinctive victory', Caskilla says a win over long-term ruler Braekhus opens the door for even bigger mega fight.
Two-Time Amateur World Champion Marc Castro
Is Let Loose On the Pro Scene August 15th!
(August 4th) With two amateur world championships and an incredible seventeen national titles under his belt, California's Marc Castro is tipped as one of the most promising young fighters of his generation. Signing with Matchroom back in February, the standout looks to announce himself to the pro scene on Eddie Hearn's first show back in the US on August 15, LIVE on DAZN.
History In the Making? Or Changing of the Guard?
(August 2nd) Undisputed Welterweight ruler Cecilia Brækhus puts it all on the line against unified Super-Lightweight champion Jessica McCaskill on August 15, and if successful, will break the all-time record for consecutive World title defenses - a record set by Joe Louis and has stood for over 72 years.
In her first Matchroom feature, Brækhus says she is 'incredibly proud' to stand at the forefront of women's boxing, and looks to elevate the sport 'to new levels' after her headline fight in Tulsa, OK to mark Eddie Hearn's stateside return on DAZN.
Cecilia Brækhus vs Jessica McCaskill e-Press Conference!
(July 16th) It ALL goes on the line on August 15! Undisputed welterweight ruler Cecilia Brækhus defends her titles against Jessica McCaskill on Matchroom's US return August 15, as part of a massive night of action heading to downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma and LIVE on DAZN.
Undefeated Brækhus (36-0, 9 KOs) will be looking to set the new record for consecutive world title defenses as she looks to retain her stronghold at the top of the division, with unified unified Super-Lightweight champion McCaskill making the jump up for a shot at the ultimate prize.
Matchroom Takes Boxing to the Streets In Tulsa!
(July 15th) Eddie Hearn takes over downtown for August 15 Stateside return
Matchroom Boxing USA will return in style on August 15 – taking World championship boxing to the streets in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, LIVE on DAZN.
The hotly anticipated return for Eddie Hearn’s US arm will see downtown Tulsa streets blocked off from 4th and 6th at the intersection of S. Boston Ave, with no fans present, strict social distancing and medical protocols in place, and a ring placed in the middle of the street at 5th and S. Boston Ave to set a stunning stage for what promises to be an explosive night of action.
Mexican sensation Julio Cesar Martinez (16-1 12 KOs) defends his WBC World Flyweight title against #1 ranked McWilliams Arroyo (20-4 15 KOs) in a main event brought to you in association with Canelo Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions, with a stacked undercard led by Cecilia Brækhus (36-0 9 KOs) defending her undisputed Welterweight championship in Maryland against Jessica McCaskill (8-2 3 KOs), rising Uzbekistan star Shakhram Giyasov (9-0 7 KOs) puts his WBA International Super-Lightweight title against Francisco Rojo (22-3 15 KOs), and a trio of young talents complete the card in Nikita Ababiy (8-0 6 KOs), Raymond Ford (5-0 2 KOs) and the debut of amateur star Marc Castro.
With a stellar line-up, Hearn wanted to create another unique occasion having announced Matchroom’s return in the UK with ‘Fight Camp’ over four weekends in the garden of his Essex HQ, and Hearn is delighted to have engineered a fitting setting for the stellar night.
“We are taking elite World Championship boxing to the streets in Tulsa!” said Hearn. “For our return in the US we wanted to stage something as unique, ambitious and spectacular as we have with Fight Camp at Matchroom HQ in the UK, and I believe that’s exactly what we have in Oklahoma.
“We had so many options and offers on the table for our return on August 15 from coast-to-coast, but I’m just not a believer in boxing in a studio setting – the fighters and the sport deserve more than that.
“Tulsa shared our vision of wanting to create something special and I am thrilled to be working with the Mayor’s office, Joe Miller at the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission and Tony and Bryce Holden on bringing a thrilling fight night to the city.
“With explosive Mexican Martinez defending his World title against Puerto Rico’s Arroyo, the undisputed Welterweight battle between Braekhus and McCaskill, Uzbek star Giyasov and talents Ababiy, Ford and debutant Castro, this is a line-up that could stop traffic – so we’ve done exactly that!”
Matchroom are working closely on the event with Holden Productions, led by the Oklahoma boxing stalwart Tony Holden, who has promoting World Championship boxing globally for over 30 years and played a pivotal role in bringing the fight night to his hometown, and also with Bryce Holden’s Onyx the Agency
“I can’t imagine a better place to host this event than downtown Tulsa at 5th and S. Boston Ave,” said Tony Holden. “The backdrop is incredible and with no audience possible during this pandemic, the site will unsurpassed in terms of innovation, safety and visual impact. We’re looking forward to working with Eddie, Matchroom Boxing and DAZN in the great city of Tulsa.”