Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale had to come off the canvas and fight out of trouble, but when all was said and done tonight in Los Angeles, he emerged victorious, stopping veteran Amir Mansour after five rounds, on what appeared to be a possible broken jaw.
Breazeale (17-0, 15 KO) looked very vulnerable early, as Mansour (22-2-1, 16 KO) came out aggressively, moving well in the opening two rounds and landing the better, cleaner shots. Early in round three, Mansour caught Breazeale with a big shot that put the 6'7" former Olympian on the canvas, but Breazeale did show some real heart and grit, and perhaps a surprising amount of awareness by not panicking when he found himself in trouble. That would repeat itself a couple more times.
In the fourth and fifth rounds, Mansour got hurt by some hard blows from Breazeale, and the shot that hurt the 43-year-old Mansour in the fifth appeared to do some significant damage. Though Mansour made it out of the round, he told his corner after the round that he couldn't close his mouth, and that he had bit through his tongue. The fight was stopped with Mansour on his stool, to his corner's chagrin, but with no argument from the actual fighter taking the punches.
Coming out of this fight, it's clear that Breazeale, 30, is a vulnerable prospect, and those who believe that the clock is ticking on him are quite understandable. But there were some things to like with what he did tonight, too, and his power made the difference. Though he doesn't project as a future heavyweight champion, he can bang, and he can take some shots, too.