Kevin Bizier Stuns Fredrick Lawson in IBF Eliminator

By Ryan Bivins

Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida - In the main event of the evening, Fredrick Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs) was upset by Kevin Bizier (24-2, 16 KOs) in an IBF welterweight title eliminator. Lawson’s biggest problem besides not matching Bizier for power or activity was his tendency to lean over his front foot. This subsequently always kept Lawson in punching range whenever he tried to get off. After both fighters went toe-to-toe in the opening round, Lawson’s back was often toward the ropes as Bizier bossed the action around the ring.

Lawson was later hurt and dropped by a right hand in round 5 and was never able to turn the momentum around. Lawson's trainer Abel Sanchez stopped the fight at the conclusion of round 10 because he believed his fighter’s jaw was broken. The announced official time of the stoppage was 2:59, though common sense would dictate 3 full minutes. Bizier now becomes the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Kell Brook. Brook bested the only man to beat Bizier, Jo Jo Dan, with relative ease earlier this year.

In the opening bout of the night, Walter Castillo (26-3, 19 KOs) was very lucky to get a draw against Keita Obara (15-1, 14 KOs) in an IBF junior welterweight eliminator. Newly crowned IBF champion Eduard Troyanovsky probably wasn’t sweating a fight with either guy, but Obara arguably pitched a shutout from round 3 onward. Obara showed exceptional footwork and outpunched Castillo with better speed and combinations. Castillo exposed flaws in Obara’s defense but simply did not land enough or more devastatingly. The official scorecards read 115-113 for Obara and 114-114 (x2).


Miami's own Victor DeRocha remains a knockout every time out, stopping Marlon Farr (4-10, 0KOs) in the opening round of their super middleweight fight. Farr was stopped midway through the opening round, beating the count but electing to quit. DeRocha moves to 3-0 (3KOs) since turning pro in July.

Breidis Prescott continues his quest for one last shot at glory, picking up a unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda. Scores were 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74 in favor of Prescott (29-7, 21KOs) who dropped Lacerda in round three but coasted the rest of the way.

Courtney Jackson (7-0, 5KOs) wasted no time in taking care of Elijah Linder (2-3) in their welterweight bout. The unbeaten prospect from Homestead, FL jumped on his foe from the opening bell, throwing heavy leather until forcing a stoppage at 1:18 of round one.

Cleveland's Yaundale "Money Shot" Evans picked up his second straight win, drilling Miguel del Valle inside of one round. A flurry of punches had del Valle (10-23) trapped in a corner, prompting referee Samuel Burgos to stop the contest at 2:26 of round one. Evans (18-1, 14KOs) has now won two straight since returning to the ring in July following a knockout loss to Javier Fortuna in 2012.

Bruno Bedicean (2-0) cruised to a four-round decision over Clifford Gray. Scores were 40-36 (three times) for the local welterweight.

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 11-08-2015

Spence eould beat him no trouble..his offense is his defense, a smaller Lemeuix..not good as he moves up

Comment by londoner on 11-08-2015

One way or another this sets up another Amir Khan jibe against Kell Brook. If Brook wants to keep the IBF belt and Bizier is made his mandatory Khan will say Brook is still fighting bums. If Brook views a…

Comment by Cloud on 11-08-2015

[FONT="Times New Roman"][COLOR="Red"]I'm not surprised at all. I saw Lawson's last fight.. he's not that good. I'm shocked this was an eliminator.[/COLOR][/FONT]

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 11-08-2015

[QUOTE=Corelone;16205927]What is it with the Japanese bias? First Tomoki and now Obara, sounds Irish to me. That was a majority shafting. Just saying.[/QUOTE] yeah Obara won that fight crystal clear Castillo won no more than 4 rounds at best. Seen…

Comment by Corelone on 11-08-2015

What is it with the Japanese bias? First Tomoki and now Obara, sounds Irish to me. That was a majority shafting. Just saying.

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