Italian veteran and former WBA world light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco (63-11-3, 37 KOs) won a ten round technical decision over Juho Haapoja (20-4-1, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight title on Saturday night at the Stadio Fattori in Civitavecchia, Italy. The bout was stopped due to a cut over Branco’s left eye and sent to the scorecards where Branco was far ahead by scores of 100-89, 99-90, 98-91. The 47-year-old Branco is looking to become an Italian version of Bernard Hopkins and win another world title.
The title was vacated by Giacobbe Fragomeni who has been nominated WBC mandatory challenger of champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.
The event was promoted by OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi).