Wayne Braithwaite is a professional boxer. Nicknamed "Big Truck", Braithwaite looked like an invincible force that would rebuild credibility in the cruiserweight ranks, but the invincibility was short lived.
Biography Braithwaite was born in Georgetown, Guyana. A agile and well-conditioned athlete Amateur record: 57-3 was Pan American Games gold medalist. Braithwaite turned professional in 1997 and in 2000 with only ten pro Braithwaite was up against one of the top Cruiserweight in the division "Cowboy" Dale Brown it was like putting a young pup against the wolves, but Braithwaite more than passed the test the referee stopped the bout at 1:44 of the eighth round TKO for Braithwaite at the same time winning the WBC International/NABF Cruiserweight Titles.
World Title Shot at 17-0 in 2002 Braithwaite, was able to finally get a shot for the Vacant WBC Cruiserweight Title after waiting for eleven months to fight Vincenzo Cantatore.But it was not easy. The fight was shown in (ESPN Friday Night Fights). Braithwaite had to face an enormous challenge, the fight took place in casino de Compiegne, Italy. The fans in the ballroom were all invited and Cantatore photos were all around the ballroom on big billboards, the time keeper was very loose with the time in the fight in some rounds minutes were unbelievable added on. Braithwaite, dominated the early part of the fight knocking Cantatore down in fifth round but in the ninth round Braithwaite was in trouble Cantatore, hit him with a right and two left hooks.
Braithwaite was on shaky legs for most of the round, but regained his senses later in the round. In the round ten Braithwaite hit Cantatore with five punches Cantatore stopped to look at the referee Braithwaite continued to fight and won via 10th round TKO,he became the second fighter from Guyana to win a world title and looked like a future star in boxing. In fact Braithwaite looked like that for a few fights when he dominated his next three opponents he looked like the best fighter in the division (Ring magazine rated Braithwaite #1 Cruiserweight in the world) From 2003 to 2005.
Unification Bout There were some in the boxing really who felt he could become the 1st unified cruiserweight champion since Evander Holyfield. He lined up a contract to fight on Showtime and successfully defended his title three times before taking on the feared WBA Cruiserweight Title holder Jean Marc Mormeck in a unification bout. Although Braithwaite dominated the fight early, Mormeck came on very strong in the later rounds, and was able to beat Braithwaite physically, nearly getting a KO in the decision victory. In 2005, Braithwaite lost via 4th round TKO to Guillermo Jones, taking the wind out of the sails of his promising career.
Later in career On March 29, 2008 he scored a spectacular third round TKO over previously unbeaten Cuban Olympian Yoan Pablo Hernandez and claimed his WBA Fedelatin belt.
Wayne hopes that he can still become a champion again now that his major problem are behind him he hopes that 2013 and 2014 he will again be on top of the Cruiserweight division. Yoan Pablo Hernandez is the one true Cruiserweight champion of the world with the RING,IBF titles Braithwaite hopes that Hernandez would want to take his revenge of his only lost to his sooner than later. He still trains regularly at the famous Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn New York.