Souleymane Cissokho Moving Down To 147, Returns Dec 17 In Headline Fight


Souleymane Cissokho Will Fight At Welterweight In The South Of France In His Next Fight

2016 Olympic bronze medalist, France’s Souleymane Cissokho (15-0, 9 KOs) will make his ring return on the 17th of December according to 258 MGT‘s Will Harvey in an interview with SecondsOut. Cissokho will headline a card that is expected to take place in the South of France.

Harvey explained that he would like to have Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing involved in the show, but they would not be lead promoters. Cissokho was supposed to return on the Usyk Joshua 2 undercard in August but suffered a hand injury which prevented him from doing so.

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The French Olympian will move down to the welterweight division after a successful 15-fight spell at 154. 258 MGT are attempting to make a fight with South Africa’s Thulani Mbenge (19-1, 15 KOs) for Cissokho’s 147-pound debut.

Mbenge, a former IBO world champion, has only one defeat in his professional career – a controversial decision to Sebastian Formella in Germany.

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Mbenge became only the second fighter to stop Miguel Vasquez, after former undisputed champion Josh Taylor, in their 2018 bout.

Souleymane Cissokho is currently ranked #6 in the world with the WBA and #11 with the WBC at 154, whilst Mbenge is #7 in the WBC at 147. Cissokho will hope that a win over Mbenge sees him enter the top 10 of both the WBA and WBC rankings at welterweight.

By Darshan Desai

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