Kali Reis picked up the phone and even returned my call, so I had to get in a podcast with the former WBC World Middleweight champion ahead of her bout Saturday versus undefeated, undisputed Welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus - that's IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC/WBO.
Reis (13-6-1, 4 KOs) faces Braekhus (32-0, 9 KOs) in HBO Championship Boxing's first-ever women's co-main event o (at 29:26:31) on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan card. Check out what Providence, Rhode Island's KO Mequinonoag had to say ahead of the biggest fight of her career.
Also joining the show was Ohio's undefeated WBC International Super Featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner (at 10:30:07). Baumgardner (6-0, 4 KOs) earned a well-fought 6-round split decision victory over Kirstie Simmons last Friday night at Real Deal Promotions' WBC Jose Sulaiman World Invitational at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to breaking down her sixth win, I also wanted to get her break down of what fans could expect from Braekhus' U.S. debut Saturday. She spent a couple weeks in Braekhus' training camp last winter.