Breazeale Turns The Tide
@troublebreazeale In a disappointing end to a good heavyweight fight, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, (22-2-1, 16 KOs) was unable to continue after round five, much to the relief of heavyweight prospect and former U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale, (17-0, 15 KOs), who escaped with the TKO victory, officially at 3:00 of round five. Breazeale, a notoriously slow starter, lived up to his reputation, as Mansour attacked early and often while Breazeale warmed up his engine. Mansour focused early on Breazeale’s soft midsection, which caused Breazeale to drop his hands and opened the door for big left and right hooks to the head by Mansour.
Mansour knocked Breazeale down with a right hook to the top of the head early in round three, but he was too wild in his followup attack and failed to land clean punches, allowing his dazed opponent to recover. At the same time Breazeale started to connect more and more with long, strafing left and right hands that landed cleanly on the shorter Mansour. Both fighters traded leather the rest of the way, but Mansour’s punches seemed to lose a little steam while Breazale’s heavier hands continued to land cleanly. Suddenly, between rounds five and six the referee waved the fight over, indicating that Mansour was unable to continue, resulting in the victory for Breazeale. Shortly afterwards it was reported that Mansour had suffered a broken jaw and that was what prompted the end of the fight.
David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo credits: Naoki Fukuda
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