2002-10-11 Wayne Braithwaite w rsc 10 Vincenzo Cantatore, The Casino, Campione D’Italia, Italy - WBC

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2002-10-11 Wayne Braithwaite w rsc 10 Vincenzo Cantatore, The Casino, Campione D’Italia, Italy - WBC. Referee: Guadalupe Garcia. Following Juan Carlos Gomez’s abdication Braithwaite (186) and Cantatore (190) were brought together to contest the vacant crown. In a gruelling contest, it was Braithwaite who ultimately prevailed when the referee rescued the tough Cantatore at 2.03 of the tenth round after he had been badly hurt by big southpaw rights and lefts and was stumbling around the ring. Although both men scored with hard punches, Braithwaite was soon at the forefront and in the fifth he floored Cantatore with a smashing right to the head before being cautioned for going low. The eighth round saw Cantatore come on strongly and after hurting Braithwaite in the ninth the latter was docked a point for holding before raising his game for the finish.