Advertisement
Advertisement

Breazeale vows to be America’s next heavyweight hopeful

By Ryan Maquiñana

The heavyweight division hasn’t been kind to the United States in recent memory.  Over a decade has passed since Hasim Rahman’s one-bout reign as lineal champion, and while Chris Byrd, John Ruiz, and Shannon Briggs have each secured a piece of the title at some point during this period, no American-born fighter has accomplished the feat in five years.

Dominic Breazeale, a 2012 Olympian, looks to throw his hat into the ring when he embarks on his pro career this Friday at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., as part of Showtime’s “Night of Olympians” card.

“I thank Al Haymon, Golden Boy, and Showtime for the opportunity,” said Breazeale, who faces Curtis Tate (4-3, 4 KOs) of Oakland, Tennessee.  “I couldn’t ask for anything else, to be able to make my debut so close to home, and to do it on such a big stage.”

A native of Alhambra, Calif., the 27-year-old Breazeale has enjoyed a swift ascension from relative obscurity.  Having only picked up the sport four years ago following a football career at Northern Colorado University, the 6-foot-6, 248-pound former quarterback marched all the way to London before dropping his opener against Magomed Omarov, 19-8.

“I wish I had stuck to the gameplan a little more,” Breazeale said.  “Being an Olympian is always going to be with me, but as far as losing, I hope I can close that chapter and close that door this Friday.  I want to show that I can be a dominant heavyweight, and that’s why I turned pro.”

Soon after making the decision, Breazeale already noticed a difference as far as fighting at the next level, sparring quality pros like Lateef Kayode and receiving pointers in technique from his new team of trainer John Bray, John Pullman, and Mike Rodriguez.

“The past six weeks, I’ve been working on rotating my hips on my shots, and now, my jab isn’t just a tool to set things up, but I can really sit down and punish guys with it,” said Breazeale, an alumnus of the All-American Heavyweights program who now calls Pullman’s gym in Burbank his home.

“We work from the body up, and when I can land my right hand, my opponent usually doesn’t have a chance after that.  I tell you, though, I think my left hook is more powerful than my straight right, and working with John, I can hear a different pop coming off the bag.”

Despite the difficulties he faced in the Olympics, Breazeale hopes that removing the headgear and the change in the scoring system will be more advantageous to his style of fighting.

“I’m super excited about wearing gloves that are better designed to do some damage,” he said.  “I just can’t wait. The amateurs is glorified tag, and instead of trying to score points, you’re trying to impose your will.”

After all, if former Michigan State linebacker Seth Mitchell can find life after football as a promising heavyweight contender, Breazeale feels that he can follow the same path to relevance.

“At first, I could never see myself doing this for a living when I was done with football,” he said.  “Now I’m confident enough to make bringing the heavyweight title back to America my goal one day.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mikhnienko on 11-10-2012

[QUOTE=joe strong;12681506]will he be a good addition to the HW division? i will watch him in the months to come.[/QUOTE] He's a big rather unathletic guy who got a late start and doesn't possess any real skills. [QUOTE=Earl Hickey;12681775]Who did…

Comment by dmaclv on 11-10-2012

Hey Breazeale is a waste of time, but Michael Hunter Jr. I've seen fight and definitely shows some good skill. Watch for him in the heavyweight division or maybe he's going pro at cruiser. In the olympics his legs went…

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 11-10-2012

Haha, any videos? Seriously, I think boxing as an international sport really needs a proper American heavyweight contender.

Comment by pocos_pero_loco on 11-10-2012

Worst fighter ive ever seen

Comment by Tyrone Biggums! on 11-09-2012

Who did he lose to at the Olympics?

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Warren: I Think Fury Has Klitschko's Number - Mentally, Physically Zac Dunn Stops Les Sherrington In Three, Eyes Title Shot Chilemba Vows To Not Leave Fate in Judges' Hands Versus Kovalev Ramirez's Trainer: Golovkin is Great Fighter, But He's Not a Machine Thurman Will Focus on Danny Garcia's WBC Belt After Porter Hearn: Brook vs. Vargas Possible, Peterson Still in The Running Frank Warren on Hughie Fury-Fred Kassi, Liverpool's Big Win Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-Garcia, Golovkin-Canelo, More James DeGale is Eager To End The Callum Smith Hype Train Canelo's Coach Rejects Claim That Khan's Chin is Poor: It's a Myth! Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II: Pre-Fight Report Card Lipinets: Me and Ortiz Went To War in Camp, He'll Beat Berto Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Now Battle Over - Mike Tyson Canelo's Coach: Golovkin Has Beaten Nobody, Lower Level Foes! Casimero Vows To Get Revenge on Amnat Ruenroeng on May 25 Dirrell Brothers, Jonathan Guzman Win Big In Atlantic City Orlando Salido Reacts To Francisco Vargas' Positive Drug Test Pano Tiatia, Other Dunkin Fighters Set For Action on Victory Card Beibut Shumenov Files Protest Against Dorticos-Kalenga WBA Clash Marquez Pleads With Canelo, De La Hoya To Make Golovkin Fight Povetkin: Wilder's 'Klitschko Tactics' Won't Work, Maybe He's Nervous Photos: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Try To Intimidate Each Other Photos/Weights: Pedro Campa vs. Jose Alfaro, More Hearn Explains Rift With DeGale, Situation With Haymon - Video Video: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Tense Face To Face at Weighin Lolenga Mock Outscores David Becarra Over Ten Rounds Callum Smith Hits Washington To Scout Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Fury Just Wants To Be Left Alone To Enjoy a Chicken Sandwich Francisco Vargas Granted Temporary License, Must Submit To Additional Testing Vasyl Lomachenko: Nicholas Walters Kept Making Excuses Rances Barthelemy-Mickey Bey Tops PBC on Spike, June 3 Photos: Badou Jack, James DeGale, Bute, Medina Ready To Fight Photos: Manny Pacquiao Hits The Campaign Trail in Senate Bid News: Marquis Moore; Orlando Del Valle; Dashon Johnson Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Make Weight For Battle All Fighters Make Weight For Showtime Double In D.C. Khan: Beating Canelo Would Be Monumental For British Boxing DeGale: I Told Badou Jack 'You're Next, Green Belt is Coming To UK' Bellew vs. Makabu Title Clash Officially Unveiled Weights From London: Fury 231, Kassi 233
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement