Five days before her boxing match with Cecilia Braekhus, Mikaela Laurén tried to lay one on her opponent during the obligatory pre-fight staredown … just not with her fists.
In advance of the rematch of their 2010 bout, in which Braekhus defended the WBA, WBC, and WBO welterweight titles, Laurén tried to kiss her rival.
Braekhus hasn’t lost in 31 fights, since 2009, and is the best pound-for-pound fighter in her sport. The 35-year-old has been the undisputed women’s welterweight champion of the world since 2014 and is the only woman to hold the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles simultaneously. Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, and Terence Crawford are the only three other fighters in history to do it.
Still, Laurén is apparently undeterred, from lots of things.
“Cecilia is a very arrogant person but when she feels my power she won’t be so cocky. She might be confident now, but once I hit her, it’s going to wake her up,” Laurén said, according to Boxing Scene. “It’s going to scare her and then I’m going to get her respect … I think she is underestimating me. Maybe she thinks I’m still the same fighter I was seven years ago, but I wouldn’t even call myself a boxer back then. I was a novice. I’ve developed so much since our first fight. I’m a completely different fighter now and she is going to see just how much I’ve improved on Saturday.
“I know it will be tough but I’m used to doing it the hard way. Cecilia has had it much easier than me. She’s had a silver spoon in her mouth. She had a big promoter behind her from her first fight. I didn’t get a promoter until after my thirtieth. I’ve had to do everything on my own, and that’s made me hungrier and even more determined to win.”
And, apparently, more determined to make out during a staredown.