Wayne Braithwaite

Wayne Braithwaite (born August 9, 1975) is a Guyanese former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2012, and held the WBC cruiserweight title from 2002 to 2005.[1]

Wayne Braithwaite
Wayne Braithwaite vs. Yoan Pablo Hernández 2.JPG
Braithwaite (left) vs. Hernández, 2008
Statistics
Nickname(s)Big Truck
Weight(s)
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
NationalityGuyanese
Born (1975-08-09) August 9, 1975 (age 45)
Georgetown, Guyana
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins24
Wins by KO20
Losses6

Professional careerEdit

Braithwaite turned professional in 1997. For only his tenth fight, in 2000, he was pitted against Dale Brown, who had two years' more professional experience. Braithwaite stopped Brown in eight rounds, winning the WBCNABF International cruiserweight titles. In 2002, Braithwaite received his first opportunity at a world championship when he faced Vincenzo Cantatore for the WBC cruiserweight title. Fighting in Cantatore's native Italy, Braithwaite was able to weather several onslaughts by his opponent, as well as questionable calls by the referee, en route to a tenth-round stoppage victory. This made Braithwaite only the second boxer from Guyana to win a world title. He successfully defended the title three times, reaching the rank of world's #1 cruiserweight by The Ring magazine during 2003–05.

Braithwaite's undefeated run and title reign came to an end in 2005 when he lost to Jean Marc Mormeck via unanimous decision. The bout was a unification for both the WBC and WBA (Super) cruiserweight titles. The early portion of the fight was dominated by Braithwaite, but Mormeck was able to regain lost ground and win the decision. In Braithwaite's next outing in the same year, he was stopped in four rounds by Guillermo Jones. In 2007, Braithwaite lost to Enzo Maccarinelli in a failed challenge for the WBO cruiserweight title, in which Maccarinelli won a dominant unanimous decision.

A momentary career resurgence for Braithwaite in 2008 saw him upset then-undefeated and future unified cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernández, stopping him in three rounds and earning him a WBA and WBC regional title each. Braithwaite was unable to sustain this form in his next fight the following year, losing a unanimous decision to multiple cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham. Amid a period of sparse activity, consisting of a lone win and two consecutive losses, Braithwaite has not fought since 2012.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
30 fights 24 wins 6 losses
By knockout 20 2
By decision 4 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
30 Loss 24–6   Shawn Corbin UD 12 Oct 26, 2012   Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Georgetown, Guyana For vacant WBC–CABOFE cruiserweight title
29 Loss 24–5   Shawn Cox KO 1 (12) Feb 25, 2012   Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Georgetown, Guyana For vacant WBC–CABOFE heavyweight title
28 Win 24–4   Adam Harris TKO 1 (8), 2:59 Mar 6, 2010   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
27 Loss 23–4   Steve Cunningham UD 12 Jul 11, 2009   BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
26 Win 23–3   Yoan Pablo Hernández TKO 3 (12), 1:52 Mar 29, 2008   Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany Won WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino cruiserweight titles
25 Loss 22–3   Enzo Maccarinelli UD 12 Jul 21, 2007   International Arena, Cardiff, Wales For WBO cruiserweight title
24 Win 22–2   Gustavo Enriquez TKO 7 (8), 2:46 Feb 3, 2007   Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
23 Loss 21–2   Guillermo Jones TKO 4 (12), 2:26 Sep 3, 2005   Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. For WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino cruiserweight titles
22 Loss 21–1   Jean-Marc Mormeck UD 12 Apr 2, 2005   DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S. Lost WBC cruiserweight title;
For WBA (Super) and vacant The Ring cruiserweight titles
21 Win 21–0   Louis Azille UD 12 Apr 17, 2004   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBC cruiserweight title
20 Win 20–0   Luis Andres Pineda TKO 1 (12), 1:27 Dec 13, 2003   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBC cruiserweight title
19 Win 19–0   Ravea Springs TKO 4 (12), 2:40 Feb 21, 2003   Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S. Retained WBC cruiserweight title
18 Win 18–0   Vincenzo Cantatore TKO 10 (12), 2:06 Oct 11, 2002   Campione d'Italia, Italy Won vacant WBC cruiserweight title
17 Win 17–0   Louis Azille KO 3 (12), 2:09 Nov 17, 2001   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0   Matthew Charleston TKO 2 (8) May 31, 2001   Zembo Shrine Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
15 Win 15–0   Wesley Martin TKO 3 (8), 1:58 Feb 3, 2001   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Michael Augine TKO 2 May 21, 2000   Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
13 Win 13–0   Richard Woodhall TKO 2 May 3, 2000   Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
12 Win 12–0   David McMillan KO 4 Apr 15, 2000   Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
11 Win 11–0   Dale Brown TKO 8 (12), 1:44 Feb 12, 2000   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Retained WBC International cruiserweight title;
Won NABF cruiserweight title
10 Win 10–0   Ken Sharpe TKO 3 Dec 27, 1999   Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
9 Win 9–0   Clint Regis KO 2 Oct 3, 1999   Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
8 Win 8–0   Tosca Petridis TKO 2 (12) Jul 29, 1999   Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia Won vacant WBC International cruiserweight title
7 Win 7–0   Adam Watt KO 1 (12), 2:37 Mar 15, 1999   Star City Casino, Sydney, Australia Won vacant World Boxing Board cruiserweight title
6 Win 6–0   Wayne Harris TKO 7 (12) Jul 25, 1998   Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Georgetown, Guyana Won vacant Guyanese light heavyweight title
5 Win 5–0   Ken Sharpe PTS 8 Oct 11, 1997   Georgetown, Guyana
4 Win 4–0   Ken Sharpe PTS 8 Jul 6, 1997   Georgetown, Guyana
3 Win 3–0   Rene Janvier TKO 1 May 10, 1997   Fort-de-France, Martinique
2 Win 2–0   John Lennox Lewis PTS 4 Mar 16, 1997   Georgetown, Guyana
1 Win 1–0   John Douglas TKO 4 (4) Feb 28, 1997   Georgetown, Guyana Professional debut

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Boxing record for Wayne Braithwaite from BoxRec. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Charles Crawford
Guyanese light heavyweight champion
July 25, 1998 – March 1999
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kwesi Jones
Vacant
Title last held by
Vassiliy Jirov
WBC International cruiserweight champion
July 29, 1999 – December 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Vincenzo Cantatore
Preceded by
Dale Brown
NABF cruiserweight champion
February 12, 2000 – January 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
O'Neil Bell
Preceded by
Yoan Pablo Hernández
WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight champion
March 29, 2008 – September 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Francisco Palacios
WBC Latino cruiserweight champion
March 29, 2008 – July 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Éric Molina
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Ezequiel Paixão
World Boxing Board cruiserweight champion
March 15, 1999 – July 1999
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Troy Weaver
Major world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Juan Carlos Gómez
WBC cruiserweight champion
October 11, 2002 – April 2, 2005
Succeeded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck