HBO wasn't the only show in town last night.
Premier Boxing Champions hit Miami last night for a two-fight bill on NBC. In the main event, Canadian veteran Kevin Bizier wrecked previously-unbeaten Fredrick Lawson, while Keita Obara settled for a majority draw after dominating Walter Castillo in the co-main.
Bizier (25-2, 17 KO) reportedly controlled the fight from the onset, bullying the favored Lawson (24-1, 20 KO) and dropping him in the fifth with a pair of accurate right hands. He continued to dominate through the tenth round, after which Lawson informed trainer Abel Sanchez of jaw trouble that ringside doctors diagnosed as a broken jaw.
Bizier's only career defeats were split decisions to Jo Jo Dan and he's won twice since the most recent one. As this fight was an IBF eliminator, he may now be in position to face champion Kell Brook, who's presently nursing a rib injury that scuttled a planned showdown with Diego Chaves.
Prior to that, Japanese puncher Obara (15-1-1, 14 KO) got an unwelcome reception in his U.S. debut. Not from Castillo (29-3-1, 6 KO), whom by all accounts he dominated, but from the judges, who sent him away with a majority draw (115-113 and a pair of 114-114s) for his efforts.
The boxing blogosphere seems rather unanimous in its belief that Obara got screwed and the numbers agree; Obara landed almost as many power punches (160) as Castillo did total punches (166). The highlights past round three also seem to favor Obara in a big way.
But hey, what's new, right?