Posts Tagged ‘Dominic Breazeale’

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — Dominic Breazeale had to muster every ounce of will to survive a badly swollen right eye and a knockdown to floor Izuagbe Ugonoh twice and win a dramatic fifth round TKO last night at the Legacy Arena.

The previously undefeated Ugonoh stormed out the gate with an aggressive attack to Breazeale’s body. The multiple hooks to the body were loud, thudding shots. Breazeale retaliated by exploiting Ugonoh’s low guard with consistent jabs and overhand rights.

Breazeale’s counter right paid off in the third when he floored Ugonoh in an exchange. Undeterred, Ugonoh continued to press the action and hurt Breazeale badly with multiple overhand rights to score his own knockdown in the fourth.

With both men tired, the fight came down to who would land the next big punch. Breazeale took advantage of a backpedaling Ugonoh by feinting a left jab to the body and coming over the top with an overhand right that knocked the African challenger through the ropes.

The win improves Breazeale’s record to 18-1 (16 KOs) in his first return bout since losing by TKO to Anthony Joshua last June.


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LONDON — Dominic Breazeale vowed that he would not meekly surrender like Charles Martin did against Anthony Joshua. Breazeale lived up to his word, but received a methodical beating as the bloodied and bruised American was floored twice in a seventh round stoppage defeat.

Joshua established distance from the outset with a consistent, hard jab and jarring left hooks. His formidable right hand was used as a secondary weapon and Breazeale looked a step behind in every exchange. A counter right uppercut badly staggered Breazeale in the second. By the third, the challenger’s right eye was swollen shut from the counter hooks and jabs.

Breazeale briefly picked up his energy output in the sixth after drawing blood from Joshua’s nose. That carried to the seventh when Breazeale landed a solid right. Joshua smiled, and responded with guard breaking right hands that floored Breazeale against the ropes. The second knockdown again saw Breazeale trapped on the ropes and absorbing power shots, prompting the referee to halt the fight sans a ten count.

Joshua, who named Joseph Parker and Tyson Fury as potential opponents, notably spoke highly of WBC titlist Deontay Wilder as his main future target.

“One day we’ll get to experience what each other’s about,” said Joshua.

The win is Breazeale’s first defeat and Joshua’s first defense of the IBF title.

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This afternoon on Showtime, UK sensation and IBF heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua will defend this newly won title against Dominic Breazeale. The two fighters squared off at yesterday’s weigh-in with Joshua coming in at 243 pounds and Breazeale at 255. Joshua’s 243 is a pound less from his title-winning effort in April against Charles Martin and represents his lowest weight since knocking out Michael Sprott in 2014 at 240 pounds. Breazeale’s tally is three pounds heavier from when he beat Amir Mansour in January.


PREDICTION: In his last two fights, Breazeale has had a bit of luck on his side. Against Fred Kassi, Breazeale struggled with the smaller man’s pressure but got overly favorable scoring from the judges to win a unanimous decision. Against Mansour, he was dropped in the third but outlasted Mansour who retired in the fifth from a broken jaw.

Such favor is unlikely with Joshua, who hits harder and has better punching technique. Joshua showed against Martin that he can deliver straight, accurate counter punches that will give him the edge in exchanges. Although powerful, Breazeale can be clumsy at times with his footwork which causes him to throw wide, sloppy punches.

Expect Breazeale to taste the canvas 2-3 times in this one. He proclaims he isn’t Charles Martin, but I don’t expect him to last much longer. JOSHUA TKO3

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Watch the live stream of the official weigh-in for the WBC welterweight title clash between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero. The steam will also carry the co main event bout of Amir Mansour challenging undefeated Dominic Breazeale in a heavyweight bout.

The fights air Saturday night on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.

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Klitschko and I have sparred before. I’m the younger guy and the more time that goes by, that’s an advantage for me. Each and every fight, I prove a little bit more about what people don’t know about me. – Deontay Wilder

BIRMINGHAM, AL — Deontay Wilder successfully defended his WBC heavyweight strap last night with a bloody and bruising 11th round stoppage win over a surprisingly durable Johann Duhaupas.

Although Wilder was never in danger of losing (winning every round), Duhaupas was able to put a large mouse under the titlist’s left eye and test his endurance with constant pressure. Wilder satisfied his fellow Alabamans with another dramatic stoppage, but questions remain about how long he can hold onto that belt.

THE GOOD: When Wilder works that long jab (83′ reach), it leaves most opponent in a dangerous “no man’s land” where Wilder can safely rain home hard right hands. Any attempts to counter from outside after futile since the Bronze Bomber can see them coming and move straight back with little consequences. This strategy opened a cut along Duhaupus’ nose and put swelling under his left eye.

Wilder is clearly not comfortable fighting inside, but he showed a new wrinkle to his game by occasionally fighting well in the pocket. He found success with hard uppercuts through Duhaupus’ high guard, and tightened up his usually looping hooks to whip them around the challenger’s gloves.

The 11th round knockout was the latest Wilder has ever stopped an opponent, eclipsing the 9th round TKO of Eric Molina in June. This is a solid indicator that Wilder can keep his power in the championship round despite a high pace.

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THE BAD: Wilder took a lot of punishment from a guy no one would rank in the Top 20. Duhaupas is a light puncher (59% KO), but he landed enough power shots to shut Wilder’s left eye and make him bleed. He constantly breached Wilder’s long range and forced the champ to cover up to avoid the onslaught of hooks.

When Duhaupus got inside, he sometimes hesitated. This could be due to concern for Wilder’s power, or just not having the skill to fight well in the trenches. Wilder’s WBC mandatory, Alexander Povetkin, has no such problems. The Russian works the body well and delivers devastating power to whoever stands in front of him (ask Mike Perez). Wilder pulling straight back on Povetkin is a death sentence.

Yes, you could argue Wilder fought sloppy because he knew that his opponent was not a serious threat. The problem is instead of his competition increasing since winning the title, it’s gotten worse. This creates bad habits that can’t simply be reversed fight to fight. And if Wilder does squeeze in another bout before facing Povetkin, you can be assured it’ll be against another weak fighter. How does that help Wilder’s development or get him ready for a Top 5 heavyweight?


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THE UGLY: The co-feature of Dominic Breazeale vs. Fred Kassi goes down as one of the worst decisions you’ll see all year. The 6’7 Breazeale towered over Kassi, and early on found success working the body and landing a few right hands. However, Kassi controlled the bout from the fifth round on, countering Breazeale off the backfoot and neutralizing his offense with upper body movement.

In the late rounds, Kassi was landing the cleaner and harder shots, but Breazeale kept up a higher workrate. For those reasons, I anticipated two close scores and one wide for Breazeale, since he’s a PBC house fighter. Instead, we got three poor scores that got more ridiculous as the announcer went on: 97-93, 98-92 and 100-90.

Coming off the “draw” with Chris Arreola a few months back, you have to feel for Kassi.

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder and challenger Johann Duhaupus completed their weigh-in earlier today at the Legacy Arena. The champion tipped the scales at 228.6 while Duhaupus came in at 236 even.

PREDICTION: Never heard of Dupauhas? That’s exactly why he was chosen. Wilder will be facing a stern test next year against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. For that reason alone, Wilder was not going to take a serious risk beforehand. The slow ticket sales (6500 as of today for a 13,000+ arena) is another indicator of how fans, even in Wilder’s backyard, are viewing this matchup.

Despite his 6’5 frame, Dupauhus is a relatively light puncher (59% KO), has slow hands and is at a reach disadvantage. Wilder long right should land at will from the outside. Anything outside of a easy night’s work for the Bronze Bomber would be shocking. WILDER EARLY KO

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BREAZEALE (258) VS. KASSI (222.6): Fred Kassi had an exciting war against Chris Arreola in July. Although that ended in a disputed draw, Kassi gets another PBC date against prospect Dominic Breazeale. Kassi normally starts fast, but that also means his fades fairly quickly. And unlike Arreola, Breazeale’s better days are in front of him, BREAZEALE TKO6