Dominic Breazeale took on Carlos Negron, with two Christmas tree sized heavyweights tangling, in the first televised bout of the PBC on Fox deal, which debuted Saturday night, on your local Fox station.
The Cali based boxer Breazeale (19-1) risked his No. 4 ranking in the WBC, and he came to ring standing 6-7. (He’d been told previously that he was fighting in a title shot eliminator, so he’s under the impression that a win gets him a fight with the WBC champ, which is now Deontay Wilder).
In round nine, an overhand right delivered as Negron turned his hand while his hands dropped dropped the loser; down went Negron to his knees, and he was clearly out of it. Referee Arthur Mercante started a count, looked in his eyes, and declared the contest no more after reaching ten.
Time of the ending: 1:37 elapsed in the ninth…KO, said Jimmy Lennon.
WBC champ Deontay Wilder rose from his fancy seat and stared at Breazeale and they jawed. After, Breazeale spoke on the win. He’d been out of the ring for 13 months, and he said he did indeed work off some rust. Yes, he said, he thinks he secured a fight with the Bronze Bomber, who’d been declared the mandatory title challenger to TBB.
The Puerto Rican hitter Negron (20-1 entering) stands 6-6, and he stood out for looking super chill all fight week.
Dominic is 33 and was 256 pounds Friday to 226 for the 31 year old underdog, who is fighting out of Miami, with Herman Caicedo.
In the first, both looked to get loose. Negron looked to move more, not get stung by the bigger man.
In the second, Negron had a sweat going. He was slipping punches pretty well, and not afraid to stand in the pocket a bit more this round. His jab was peppy, he stabbed high and then low with it.
In the third, Negron’s jab was setting a tone. Then Breazeale got tagged and remembered he was the smaller man. The PR boxer went lefty, in fact. They traded late, too late, and Dom went at Negron for throwing after the bell.
In the fourth, Negron came out fast, to the body. The crowd responded…Negron’s nose was showing the effects of getting smashed. Speaking of…Dominic landed at the bell and rocked the underdog. A right square in the middle of the face whipped his head back.
In the fifth, Negron moved more, no surprise after the ending to the last round. He was slowing down, his hands and his feet. To 6; Dom came forward, stalked, threw more, and threw with more vicious intent. Late jabs from Negron didn’t steal the round for him.
To the 7th; both men were actually reasonably busy, but neither has the flashiest fists…or sweet feet. Decent fight, nothing to write home about, or to prompt people to text their pals and say, ‘You gotta watch this!’
In round 8, we saw Breazeale keeping the intensity level up. Negron did well to be mobile, so Breazeale couldn’t rain flurries on him, he needed to reset to get working again. Then, to the ninth—a right hand dropped Negron and he was clearly out of it.