The buzz around Birmingham, Alabama all week has surrounded the WBC heavyweight championship showdown between Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) and French challenger Johann “The Reptile” Duhaupas (32-2, 20 Kos).
With Wilder headlining the card due to being the undefeated champion and the “Pride of Alabama,” many people are sleeping on the fact the card is stacked with some young heavyweight talent who might someday contend for a championship as well.
Enter California’s former Olympian Dominic Breazeale, who qualified for the 2012 London games as a super heavyweight after playing quarterback at the University of Northern Colorado. These days Breazeale is solid heavyweight prospect with a spotless 15-0 record — 14 of which have come by knockout. Thanks to having a slot in the co-main event on NBC’s Premier Boxing Champions card under Wilder, Breazeale might only be one big KO away from realizing his dream of becoming a household name.
The 30-year-old heavyweight told Today’s Knockout:
“A win in a small town is great a win in a huge town is great a win on national television like this is world-renowned. I couldn’t ask for anything better. It’s one of those situations that, like I said, you dream about. To get the big win is one thing, to go the distance and get the decision is one. I’m looking for the knockout come Saturday night.”
For Breazeale to take another big step in his career, he must take down his toughest opponent to date in Fred “Big Fred” Kassi (18-3-1, 10 KOs). Kassi is coming off a surprising majority draw against perennial heavyweight contender Chris Arreola just two months ago on a previous PBC on NBC card.
Despite taking some shots in his last couple of outings, the Glendale Fighting Club boxing product is adamant about what he plans to do when he steps in the ring with Kassi.
“I’m 15-0 with 14 KOs. I’m going for the 15th KO for the 16th win,” Breazeale said. “It’s what I’m always looking for, I’m never wanting to go the distance. Nobody ever wants to come to a boxing event and watch two heavyweights go the distance. They want to see someone get hurt, so that’s what I’m looking for.”