Cecilia Braekhus, the best women’s fighter in the world, didn’t start boxing for money. Or for fame. Or for notoriety. Even as Braekhus enters the ring Saturday in Moscow against the undefeated Inna Sagaydakovskaya, Braekhus isn’t targeting a big-money fight against Claressa Shields or Christina Hammer. Nope, she’s fighting for the same reason she’s always fought.

Cecilia Braekhus, left, is defending her welterweight title in Moscow on Saturday. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“I box because it’s fun, because I like to punch other girls,” Braekhus said with a laugh, perhaps only partially kidding. “I love this sport. That’s the reason why the women get into it. It’s not because we get famous or to get rich. They only do it for the love of it. If we make the money, that’s a huge bonus.”

For now, Braekhus (33-0, 9 KOs) is likely one of the top female moneymakers in the sport. No, she’s not pulling in tens of millions of dollars per bout like Anthony Joshua and Canelo Alvarez. Instead, in her last fight, on an HBO undercard featuring Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan in the main event, Braekhus—the undisputed welterweight champion of the world—earned a $50,000 purse.

Not bad money, but not Golovkin money either. But for Braekhus, that’s not the point.

“Women definitely don’t go into boxing because they want to make money,” she said. “We know there is a 0% chance—or very a little percentage—for us to make big money.”

Braekhus, though, is providing something more to the sport. She’s the No. 1 pound for pound women’s fighter during a time when the women in boxing are becoming more famous and more respected. Shields is fighting in main events on Showtime. Katie Taylor from Ireland is a potential star. Christina Hammer and Hanna Gabriels are unified champions and have shown the ability to make exciting matchups.

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