Ryan Songalia

Fresquez: Holm-Braekhus a two-fight deal or no deal

Lenny Fresquez, who promotes former three-division female boxing champion Holly Holm, says the only way a bout with arch rival Cecilia Braekhus will be made is if Braekhus’ promoter Sauerland Event agrees to a two-fight deal. Fresquez is calling for a match in each of the fighter’s territories.

Holm (32-2-3, 9 knockouts), of Albuquerque, N.M., has fought her last 11 bouts in her home state, while the Colombian-born, Norwegian-raised WBA/WBA/WBC welterweight titleholder Braekhus (21-0, 5 KOs) has fought all but one of her bouts in Europe.

Fresquez said a representative from Sauerland Event, the company which promotes Braekhus, sent an email this week inquiring about their interest in making what would match the two best boxers in female boxing today.

“I said simply, not unless we agree to fight once over there and once over here,” said Fresquez. “I don’t care which way but it has to be in both places because they feel they’re going to get robbed here and I feel we’re going to get robbed there. The only way we can come to an agreement is to do a two fight agreement. That’s the only way I see the fight happening.”

A request for comment from Sauerland Event wasn’t immediately returned.

Holm, 31, has a fight scheduled for May 11 against Mary McGee (20-1, 11 KOs) at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, while Braekhus, also 31, prepares for an April 13 clash with Mia St John (47-12-2, 18 KOs) at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

“We’ve never waited for anybody in Holly’s career, we don’t intend on starting with her,” continued Fresquez. “Even though [Braekhus] holds the belts, Holly’s the ‘A card’ and she’s the ‘B card.’ Most writers, their press in Europe, everyone holds Holly in higher esteem with or without those titles.”

Braekhus was named THE RING magazine’s Fighter of the Year for female boxing in 2012, while Holm avenged her earlier defeat to Anne Sophie Mathis to put her career back on track. Holm’s last fight took place not in a boxing ring but in a mixed martial arts cage, stopping Katie Merrill in two rounds on Bellator 91 last month to improve her MMA record to 3-0.

“Holly is a very unique person,” said Fresquez. “People just don’t appreciate this girl. She fights the toughest fighters and doesn’t use her attractiveness or looks to get ahead in the game, which she could easily do and double the money she makes. She refuses to go that route. She just wants to be known as the best female fighter that ever lived.”



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Ryan Songalia is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and contributes to The Ring magazine and GMA News. He can be reached at ryan@ryansongalia.com. An archive of his work can be found at www.ryansongalia.com. Follow him on Twitter: @RyanSongalia.

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