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Deontay Wilder on Saturday evening defended his heavyweight world title for the second time by stopping Johann Duhaupas of France in the 11th round at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. The bout was stopped by referee Jack Reiss at 55 seconds.
Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., made his first defense in Birmingham as well, when he knocked out Eric Molina in the ninth round in June at Bartow Arena.
Wilder is now 35-0 with 34 knockouts. The only fighter he hasn’t knocked out as a pro is Bermane Stiverne, from whom Wilder took the title with a unanimous decision in January in Las Vegas.
Wilder was winning by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 at the time of the stoppage. There was heavy swelling under Wilder’s left eye, but he dominated and really beat up Duhaupas.
Also on the NBC-televised card, heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is now 16-0 after winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Fred Kassi in the semi-main event. Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, won by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 100-90.
Dominic Breazeale/Photo courtesy of TGB Promotions
Heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale wanted to display his wares in front of a lot of people. He got his wish Saturday, and the endeavor was a success.
Breazeale figured to be in his toughest fight since turning pro in 2012 when he squared off with Yasmany Consuegra of Cuba in the semi-main event underneath the Robert Guerrero-Aron Martinez main event at StubHub Center. Consuegra dominated the first round and most of the second before being decked very late in the second with a shot to the top of the head.
Breazeale floored Consuegra two more times in the third with clubbing punches to the head. Breazeale yelled at Consuegra to, “Get up, get up.” Consuegra (17-1) did, but referee Wayne Hedgepeth waved off the bout at 1:49, Breazeale getting credit for a third-round TKO.
Breazeale (15-0, 14 KOs) is a 2012 U.S. Olympian out of Alhambra.
“I knew I had the opportunity with millions of people watching on NBC to make a statement, and I believe I made a statement,” said Breazeale, 29. “I knew he was very badly hurt at the end of the second round and I was surprised he came out for the third.”
Breazeale was asked why he was yelling at Consuegra to “get up.”
“Wasn’t done with him,” he said. “Just barely got started. I wanted to ice him.”
Guerrero (33-3-1) won a 10-round split-decision over Martinez (19-4-1).
Dominic Breazeale hits the speed bad/Photo courtesy of TGB Promotions
Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is 14-0 with 13 knockouts since turning pro in November 2012 after competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. But Breazeale has not fought anyone of note.
Breazeale on Saturday will face what figures to be his toughest opponent when he squares off with Yasmany Consuegra of Miami via Cuba in a daytime card at StubHub Center (on NBC). Consuegra is 17-0 with 14 knockouts.
Breazeale, 29, is looking forward to the challenge.
“Definitely toughest competition to date thus far,” he said. “Definitely. Yasmany is 17-0, 14 KOs. One of those guys that steps in the ring with a ton of confidence. We’re both undefeated fighters and I was extremely excited when I got the call. … It’s a great setting, a great way to have a stepping-stone to the next level. I want to be considered the top heavyweight and I guess you’ve got to fight top guys to get there.”
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Heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra on Saturday ran his record to 12-0 with 11 knockouts when he knocked out Billy Zumbrun (27-13-1) at 2:05 of the second round Saturday in a preliminary bout at StubHub Center in Carson.
Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, decked Zumbrun twice in the first round. Breazeale is 28. Zumbrun, of Ogden, Utah, is 41.
Heavyweight prospect Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale of Alhambra on Thursday night will go for his 10th consecutive victory without a loss since turning pro in November 2012, just months after he competed in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Breazeale, who has won all of his pro fights by knockout, figures to be in his toughest fight when he squares off with Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1).
“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m truly excited to be in the ring with an experienced fighter,” said Breazeale, 28. “This fight is almost six months overdue and I’m ready to make the most of this opportunity.”
Breazeale, who is 6-foot-7 1/2, is trained by John Bray, who is equally stoked about Breazeale stepping up in competition.
“I believe Nagy Aguilera is going to put Dominic Breazeale in a position where he will have to showcase all of his skills and he is definitely prepared to do so,” Bray said.
Dynamic featherweight Julian Ramirez of Pasadena and heavyweight Dominic Breazeale – a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Alhambra – will fight on the Jan. 24 Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1).
Ramirez (9-0, 6 KOs), a real whirlwind in the ring, will square off against Derrick Wilson (10-5-2, 3 KOs) of Fort Myers, Fla., in the eight-round co-feature.
Breazeale (8-0, 8 KOs) will go against Homero Fonseca (10-6-3, 3 KOs) of Driscoll, Texas. It is also scheduled for eight rounds.
Undefeated junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (18-0, 14 KOs) of San Diego will take on Miguel Angel Huerta (27-11-1, 18 KOs) of Mexico in the 10-round main event.
Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Alhambra, is now 6-0 with six knockouts after knocking out Lenroy Thomas of Jamaica at 2:29 of the fourth round Saturday. The two tangled on the undercard of the Abner Mares-Jhonny Gonzalez featherweight title fight at StubHub Center.
Breazeale, 27, landed a right uppercut that put Thomas down on the canvas. He stayed there on one knee, never really trying to get to his feet. Thomas (16-3) had won 16 of his past 17 bouts.
Dominic Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Alhambra, is now 5-0 with five knockouts after stopping Lance Gauch in the second round of their heavyweight bout Friday at the The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Breazeale decked Gauch once in the first round before stopping him at 2:41 of the second.
Breazeale, 27, is trained by John Bray in Burbank. Gauch, 24, is from Hannibal, Mo. He is 3-7-2.