The unified super-lightweight champion from Chicago is preparing for the biggest fight of her career. On Saturday, Jessica McCaskill will move up to the welterweight division to face the undisputed champion Cecilia Brækhus (36-0) in the main event in downtown Tulsa. This will pit two of the best pound-for-pound fighters against each other and the winner will be in consideration near the top of that list. McCaskill knows the challenge that is ahead of her, but she also wants to avenge one of her losses if she does come out victorious on Saturday.
On December 13th 2017, McCaskill went to York Hall to face Katie Taylor for the WBA lightweight title. It was a good scrap between the two but Taylor won by unanimous decision. Since then, McCaskill moved up to super lightweight to win the WBC and WBA titles, and Taylor became the undisputed lightweight champion with a win over Delphine Persoon last June. Later this month, Taylor and Persoon will fight again for that undisputed championship, and McCaskill wants to become the first boxer to defeat Brækhus and make a fight between two undisputed champions.
“I would love the Taylor rematch and a chance to get my revenge, and definitely in a place like Wembley Stadium on a huge bill,” McCaskill said. “If we have fans again that stadium has 100,000 people and that’s the kind of crowd that needs to be at that kind of fight. I have my eyes on Taylor and I want that fight.”
She recalls the last battle with Taylor in London where the atmosphere was a bit of a surprise for her, but it was a great experience that she wants to have once again.
“I didn’t know what to expect (going into the Taylor fight), but it turns out that we have a ton of fans in the UK,” McCaskill said. “I still hear from the UK fans on a regular basis and from the airport to the hotel to the venue, there were so many people that reached out and showed love to me and my team.”
While she knows that a rematch with Taylor could be one of the biggest fights in women’s boxing, she is still focusing on the task at hand. In a few days, she has the chance to become a two weight world champion, and beat an all-time great in the process.
“The ultimate opportunity and reward in the fight is beating Cecilia, getting the belts and being in the history books.”