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Gianluca Branco boxer

Gianluca Branco image
Status inactive
Division welterweight
Height 5′ 6″/168cm
Debut 1995-04-07
Born 1970-09-20
Nationality Italy
Residence Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy
bouts
53
won
49
lost
3
draw
1
bouts
53
won
49
lost
3
draw
1
Status inactive
Division welterweight
Height 5′ 6″/168cm
Debut 1995-04-07
Born 1970-09-20
Nationality Italy
Residence Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy

Branco made his professional debut on 7 April 1995, knocking out Aladar Horvath in six rounds. Fighting almost exclusively in his native Italy, he would spend the next nine years undefeated, save for a points draw against Viktor Baranov on 19 October 1998. Branco won his first major regional championship—the vacant European light-welterweight title—on 23 June 2001, with a majority decision victory over Gabriel Mapouka. Two successful defences of the title were made, against George Scott on 17 November 2001 (sixth-round technical decision) and Allan Vester on 9 March 2002 (tenth-round stoppage).On 24 January 2004, Branco fought for his first world championship—the vacant WBC light-welterweight title—against veteran Arturo Gatti. This was also Branco's first visit to the United States, where Gatti was an established star. Branco started off well, counterpunching the combinations of Gatti, until the latter injured his hand severely by landing a punch on Branco's hip in round five. Gatti then had to rely entirely on his jab to stay out of trouble for the remainder of the fight. By the tenth round, with the fight still close, Gatti turned the tide decisively in his favour when he scored a knockdown against Branco. By the end of twelve rounds, Gatti won a clear unanimous decision (UD) to hand Branco his first loss.

Branco made his professional debut on 7 April 1995, knocking out Aladar Horvath in six rounds. Fighting almost exclusively in his native Italy, he would spend the next nine years undefeated, save for a points draw against Viktor Baranov on 19 October 1998. Branco won his first major regional championship—the vacant European light-welterweight title—on 23 June 2001, with a majority decision victory over Gabriel Mapouka. Two successful defences of the title were made, against George Scott on 17 November 2001 (sixth-round technical decision) and Allan Vester on 9 March 2002 (tenth-round stoppage).On 24 January 2004, Branco fought for his first world championship—the vacant WBC light-welterweight title—against veteran Arturo Gatti. This was also Branco's first visit to the United States, where Gatti was an established star. Branco started off well, counterpunching the combinations of Gatti, until the latter injured his hand severely by landing a punch on Branco's hip in round five. Gatti then had to rely entirely on his jab to stay out of trouble for the remainder of the fight. By the tenth round, with the fight still close, Gatti turned the tide decisively in his favour when he scored a knockdown against Branco. By the end of twelve rounds, Gatti won a clear unanimous decision (UD) to hand Branco his first loss.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Nov. 22, 2014 Rafal Jackiewicz DLWWWW PalaCarucci, Terracina WIN
Corner retirement
Dec. 21, 2013 Konstantins Sakara WLLWLL PalaBadminton, Milan WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 22, 2013 Lukasz Maciec WWWWWW Palasport, Montalto di Castro WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 10, 2012 Krzysztof Bienias WLWWDW Palasport, Civitavecchia vacant EBU European Union Welterweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 11, 2011 Janos Petrovics LLLLLL Palasport, Pontedera WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 27, 2010 Semjons Moroseks LLLWLW Palasport, Civitavecchia WIN
Points
March 26, 2010 Matthew Hatton WWWWDW Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 11, 2009 Janos Petrovics LLWLLL Besiktas Cola Turka Arena, Istanbul WIN
Points
Dec. 19, 2008 Juho Tolppola WLWDLW PalaLido, Milan WIN
Technical knockout
May 16, 2008 Colin Lynes LWWWWW PalaRuffini, Torino WIN
Split-decision
Feb. 29, 2008 Nico Salzmann DWWWLW PalaLido, Milan WIN
Points
Dec. 8, 2007 Laszlo Komjathi LLWLWL La Palestre, Le Cannet WIN
Technical knockout
July 31, 2007 Arek Malek LDLLLL Centro Polivalente, San Genesio ed Uniti WIN
Points
Oct. 8, 2006 Adam Zadworny LWLLLL PalaLido, Milan WIN
Technical knockout
March 4, 2006 Miguel Cotto WWWWWW Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon World Boxing Organisation World Super Lightweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
July 22, 2005 Farid El Houari LWWLLW Campione d'Italia WIN
Technical knockout
March 12, 2005 Ariel Francisco Burgos WWWWL PalaSharp (ex Mazda Palace), Milan WIN
Technical knockout
July 24, 2004 Vasile Herteg LWLWLW Civitavecchia WIN
Technical knockout
May 8, 2004 Nasser Lakrib WLLLLW Civitavecchia WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 24, 2004 Arturo Gatti WLWLWW Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City vacant World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 5, 2002 Michel Raynaud LLLLLW Villa Erba, Cernobbio vacant World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight

WIN
Points
Sept. 13, 2002 Massimo Bertozzi DDWLWL Marina Piccola vacant World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight

WIN
Points
March 9, 2002 Allan Vester WWWLLW Montecatini Terme EBU European Super Lightweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 17, 2001 George Scott WWWWWL Civitavecchia EBU European Super Lightweight

WIN
TD
June 23, 2001 Gabriel Mapouka WWWLWW Massy WIN
Majority decision
Feb. 17, 2001 Frederic Tripp WLLLWL Padua WIN
Points
Dec. 22, 2000 Adejoussi Adewale WLLL Monfalcone WIN
Unanimous decision
June 17, 2000 Slobodan Vlaovic WLLWLW Bovezzo WIN
Points
March 18, 2000 Slobodan Vlaovic WWWLLW Ferrara WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 3, 1999 Francesco Cioffi LLLWLL PalaLido, Milan WIN
Points
Oct. 16, 1999 Gheorghe Paraschiv LLLLLL Palestra "Palacinghiale" di Ponte Rodoni, Bondeno WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 7, 1999 Horia Dobre LL Civitavecchia WIN
Technical knockout
April 24, 1999 Francesco Cioffi WLLLWL Ferrara WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 18, 1998 Nassim Yahiaoui LWWDWL Brindisi WIN
Points
Oct. 19, 1998 Viktor Baranov LLLLLL Bari DRAW
Points
July 28, 1998 Andile Nongaza DLWLLL Civitavecchia WIN
Technical knockout
May 9, 1998 Massimo Bertozzi LWLWWL Aulla Italy Super Lightweight

WIN
Points
Feb. 26, 1998 Elyes Mahdjoub LWLWWL Civitavecchia Italy Super Lightweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 29, 1997 Elyes Mahdjoub LLWLWW Novara Italy Super Lightweight

WIN
Points
Aug. 28, 1997 Antonio Strabello LLWWLL Forte Michelangelo, Civitavecchia Italy Super Lightweight

WIN
KO
May 30, 1997 Francesco Cioffi LLWWLL Castellammare Italy Super Lightweight

WIN
Points
Feb. 13, 1997 Lajos Nagy WWWWLW Palasport, Civitavecchia WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 28, 1996 Abderzek Oulad Laarbi WWLL Castel Mella WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 12, 1996 Angel Fernandez LLLLLL Palazzo Dello Sport, Civitavecchia WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 8, 1996 Janos Zsiros DLLW Town Square, San Mango d'Aquino WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
May 2, 1996 Rene Orlovsky WDWLLL Palazzo Dello Sport, Civitavecchia WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 20, 1996 Rene Orlovsky WDWL Palasport, Marsala WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 4, 1996 Hamit Riahi LWLLLL Civitavecchia WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Points
Sept. 27, 1995 Fabio Marinoni WWWWWW Petrosino WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Points
Aug. 5, 1995 Mario Spadaro LWDLWW Tatti WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 25, 1995 Maurizio Bonito DL Cinigiano WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
KO
June 3, 1995 Mauro Barigelli LL Civitavecchia WBU Inter-Continental Light Welterweight

WIN
KO
April 7, 1995 Aladar Horvath WLLLLL Roma WIN
KO