Heavyweight contenders Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) and Carlos Negron (20-2, 16 KOs) opened the televised portion of the PBC on Fox card Saturday night in Brooklyn with a fan-friendly barn burner.
The big guys came out swinging. Negron, who was a heavy underdog in the bout, put up a valiant effort but ultimately fell to Breazeale via ninth round stoppage. There was plenty of back-and-forth action between the two big fellas.
Negron started things off with several strong jabs to the head and worked a continuous body attack. He managed to land a few shots that even appeared to stun Breazeale. To Dominic’s credit however he kept coming forward and was not deterred by anything the challenger threw at him.
As the match continued things started to really heat up, especially in the third round. As the bell rang to end the round Negron unleashed a three-punch combination that was clearly thrown after the bell had already rung.
Breazeale came right back with a shot of his own. Both men embraced shortly after to end the bad blood. The contest continued without much controversy.
Although it was a spirited effort by Negron, it was Breazeale that imposed his will. Round after round he walked his man down. Round 9 is where Breazeale closed the show with a monstrous right hand that sent Negron to the canvas and nearly out of the ring.
“I was setting up that right hand all night,” said Breazeale. “Since the third round I noticed he dropped his left hand when he took a step to the left, and that’s what I got him with. I landed the big shot.”
Breazeale has his eyes set on a showdown with WBC champion Deontay Wilder and wasted no time calling him out post fight.
“I’m next in line for Deontay Wilder, I’m coming for him,” said Breazeale. “I’ve been waiting for him and I did what I had to do. I’m ready for him now.”
The champion has many fighters gunning for him already, but he might need to keep his eyes on Breazeale. He’s steadily after Wilder.
— PBC (@premierboxing) December 23, 2018