Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A step up for Olympian Breazeale
By Dan Rafael
Dominic Breazeale, the 2012 U.S. Olympic super heavyweight, is taking a step up in competition when he faces battle-tested Nagy Aguilera in a scheduled eight-rounder Nov. 26 (Fox Sports 1), Golden Boy Promotions has announced.
Breazeale (7-0, 7 KOs), a 6-foot-6 former college quarterback, will face Aguilera at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., in one of the televised bouts on a card headlined by the return of former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs), who turns 45 on Nov. 21 and is moving up to heavyweight from cruiserweight to face soft touch Mike Sheppard (21-15-1, 9 KOs) in the main event after 16 months out of the ring because of a positive steroid test and subsequent suspension.
Aguilera (19-7, 13 KOs), who has won two fights in a row, is vastly experienced compared to the opponents Breazeale has been facing. Aguilera went the distance in decision losses to Tomasz Adamek in 2012 and Tarver in 2010 in Tarver’s only previous heavyweight bout. Aguilera also has faced top contender Cristobal Arreola and former titleholder Samuel Peter, although he was stopped by both. His biggest win was a shocking first-round knockout victory against former titleholder Oleg Maskaev in 2009.
In another heavyweight bout added to the card, although not scheduled to be televised, 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (20-1, 13 KOs) and Kevin Johnson (29-3-1, 14 KOs) -- who both lost world title fights to Vitali Klitschko -- meet in a 10-rounder.
The previously announced co-feature will see rising bantamweight contender Randy Caballero (19-0, 11 KOs) face Jessy Cruz (10-5-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder.
Also on the card, light heavyweight prospect Thomas Williams (14-0, 10 KOs) meets former title challenger Yusaf Mack (31-6-2, 17 KOs).