Braekhus tops inaugural BM female P4P chart
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Undefeated and undisputed welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus has topped BM online's inaugural female P4P top five, just ahead of unified middleweight champion Claressa Shields.
The 37-year-old 'First Lady' of boxing - born in Colombia but adopted by Norwegian parents at a young age - completely unified the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO crowns in 2014, and has since defended them nine times.
"I'm very grateful to Boxing Monthly for the honour of being named their first number one pound-for-pound women's boxer in the world," Braekhus told BM. "Separately, it's great to see their continued full support of women's boxing."
Braekhus was ranked number one ahead of the 24-year-old Shields by just one point, using the points based system detailed below.
Ireland's 32-year-old unified lightweight champion Katie Taylor was ranked third, with the Irishwoman's likely next opponent, the seven-division titlist Amanda Serrano of Puerto Rico in fourth, and Belgian Delfine Persoon, who Taylor recently beat via a close points decision, in fifth.
Other fighters to receive votes were Jessica McCaskill, Christina Hammer, Marie Eve Dicaire and Hanna Gabriels.
The full Boxing Monthly online P4P top five is as follows:
1. Cecilia Braekhus 34 points
2. Claressa Shields 33 points
3. Katie Taylor 25 points
4. Amanda Serrano 16 points
5. Delfine Persoon 8 points
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P female rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke G. Williams, Paul Zanon, Michael Montero, Luca Rosi, James Lupton, Craig Scott, Tom Craze
Each panellist ranked their top five in order, with the boxer placed first receiving five points, second four points, third three points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued. If scores are equal then the boxer with the highest individual rating from a judge is ranked higher. If boxers are still equal they are then ranked equal. If there is a tie for first place then the boxer with the most first-place votes is given preference. If boxers are still equal they are then ranked equal.