Cissokho conquers WBC Silver crown
At the Parc des Expositions, in Nantes, France stylish Frenchman Souleymane Cissokho (16-0, 9KO) maintained his undefeated record and won the vacant World Boxing Council Silver welterweight title, defeating South African Tulani Mbenge (19-2, 15KO), who is ranked #5 with the WBC, by majority decision.
2016 Rio Olympian Cissokho was more intrusive and intensive in his attacks, and won by points 116-112 and 115-113 on two cards, while a third Judge saw it as a 114-114 draw.
Cissokho improves his record to 16-0, while former IBO World champion Mbenge drops to a second defeat.
The 31-year-old Frenchman turned pro after collecting a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Games, debuting just months later in January 2017. He raced to 8-0 and won the French national title at super-welterweight, all fights taking place in his native France, but then he jumped at the chance to fight at Madison Square Garden on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. world heavyweight title fight on June 1st, 2019, just days before his birthday – born July 4th, 1991, in Dakar, Senegal.
He defeated Briton Kieran Conway in his 13th contest to win his second title – the WBA Inter-Continental welterweight belt, which he defended twice before adding the WBC Silver to his collection.
Souleymane Cissokho was ranked 11th with the WBC World welterweight rankings before this latest triumph.