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Cecilia Braekhus defeats St. John

K9097b7dccfPhoto: Wende — 45-year-old Mia St John (47-13-2, 18 KO’s) looked like a spectator from the crowd that had mistakenly walked into the ring tonight against WBA/WBO/WBC female welterweight Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KO’s) at the Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark. Braekhus nailed St. John at will in every until the fight was halted in the 3rd after St. John was staggered by the ropes from a storm of heavy shots from Braekhus.

This fight resembled someone getting attacked by a swarm of angry bees because St. John was just covering up and cowering for much of the fight. When she did throw punches back, she was pushing her shots and looking both weak and slow. I’d seen her fight years ago when she was younger and a little faster, but tonight the 45-year-old St. John looked and fought her age.

The difference in talent between the two was startling. St. John was no match from the start and I was surprised she made it out of the 1st round because she was getting hit cleanly with nonstop punches, especially near the end of the round when Braekhus trapped her against the ropes and unloaded on her.

St. John took terrible punishment in the 2nd round, as she tries to open up with shots of her own and she was met with a flurry of painful looking head shots. St. John could do little other than cover up while Braekhus picked spots to tag her in the body and around her guard to nail her in the head.

St John came into the fight having lost three out of her last five fights, and it’s hard to understand why the fight was sanctioned. You’d like to see a champion facing a challenger that at least winning more than they’re losing in their recent fights.

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Mateusz Masternak TKO 9 Sean Corbin
Erik Skoglund UD 10 Luke Blackledge
Micki Nielsen TKO 5 Toni Visic
Simen Smaadal UD 6 Kristoffer Storm
Rashid Kassem KO 1 Andrei Sudas
Anthony Yigit TKO 3 Aliaksandr Abramenka
Oscar Ahlin KO 3 Tim-Robin Lihaug