In his second attempt at winning a title, heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale was stopped in the first round by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(41-0-1, 40 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
Breazeale(20-2, 18 KOs), whose only two defeats have now come against both Wilder and Anthony Joshua, was disappointed he wasn’t allowed to continue the fight.
“I think the ref stopped it a little early because I could hear him saying seven and eight, but that’s boxing,” said Breazeale. “He did his job and kept us safe for our next fight.
“I got on my feet and had my legs under me. It’s the heavyweight division, so there’s going to big shots from guys with power. This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did. I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.”
Breazeale may have felt he could continue, but he was done after that knockdown. He was very fortunate that the fight did not continue. Otherwise, he would have gotten seriously hurt. Can Breazeale win a title in the heavyweight division? I don’t think so. Breazeale has proven that he can have some success in the heavyweight division. However, based on his performances against Wilder and Joshua, it’s clear that Breazeale would have a difficult time beating an elite heavyweight.