American heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale ended 13 months of inactivity with a highlight reel knockout of Carlos Negron tonight in Brooklyn, stopping his Puerto Rican opponent at 1:37 of the ninth round.
Negron (20-2, 16 KO) and Breazeale (20-1, 18 KO) went about even in the early rounds, with both shaking off some ring rust (Negron hadn’t fought in 18 months). But as the fight went on, Breazeale pressed a bit more and Negron seemed to gas a bit, giving the heavy-handed Breazeale some better openings.
He’d already hurt Negron earlier in the bout, and had landed some good body shots, too, but it was a somewhat looping right hand that connected to the side of Negron’s head in the ninth and ended the fight instantly.
Breazeale and Wilder, who was in the crowd, traded some words after the bout, and Breazele’s post-fight interview addressed his mandatory challenger status with the WBC, too.
“I know Wilder’s here in the crowd, he knows I’m next,” Breazeale said after the fight. “He better be holding onto that baby real tight, ‘cause I’m coming. ‘Trouble’ is already here.”
Here’s the KO shot:
Here. Comes. TROUBLE! @TroubleBreazeale!!! #BreazealeNegron #PBConFOX pic.twitter.com/U33RY2TufI— PBC (@premierboxing) December 23, 2018