Heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, and veteran Amir "Hardcore" Mansour will meet in a crossroads fight on Jan. 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The fight, announced by Premier Boxing Champions on Tuesday, will be on the undercard of the first PBC on Fox card in prime time (8 p.m. ET). The card is headlined by the previously announced 12-round welterweight fight between former junior welterweight world champion Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia, and former two-division titlist Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), of Gilroy, California. Welterweight Sammy Vasquez (20-0, 14 KOs), of Monessen, Pennsylvania, and Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs), of Los Angeles, meet in another televised 10-round bout.
"Dominic Breazeale versus Amir Mansour is an excellent addition to the two welterweight battles already announced for Jan. 23," Tom Brown of TGB Promotions said. "The heavyweight division is back on the rise and will continue to be in 2016. Breazeale and Mansour are both looking to solidify their place in the division. This fight will not disappoint."
Breazeale (16-0, 14 KOs), 30, of Alhambra, California, was supposed to fight Charles Martin in San Antonio on Dec.12, but the bout was canceled a few days before when Martin withdrew. Martin pulled out because he got a shot to fight Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov on Jan. 16 for the heavyweight world title belt that was stripped from Tyson Fury just 10 days after Fury upset Wladimir Klitschko.
Breazeale, who is 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, is a latecomer to boxing after a stint as a quarterback for the University of Northern Colorado. He will be taking on his most notable opponent since turning pro in 2012.
"This is a great opportunity for me, and I'm definitely going to make the most of it," Breazeale said. "Fighting at Staples Center in prime time is a dream come true. I'm a California guy, and I know I have to put on a big show to make a name for myself. I want to be a world champion, and Amir Mansour is standing in my way."
Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs), 43, is a hard-hitting southpaw from Wilmington, Delaware, and fights out of Philadelphia. He had been in the running to fight in the Jan. 16 main event against world titleholder Deontay Wilder, but when the fight instead went to Artur Szpilka, Mansour was offered the chance to fight Breazeale.
"I can't wait to put on a show Jan. 23," said Mansour, whose career was interrupted by a decade in prison. "As a fighter, I am very humbled and appreciative to be a part of PBC on Fox debut. As a boxing fan, I am very pleased to be fighting on the undercard of one of my favorite fighters, Danny Garcia, who is also from Philly. I'm thrilled to be a part of a card like this with so many great fighters."
Mansour, who is 6-1, 220 pounds, is 2-1-1 in his past four bouts. He lost an exciting decision to former cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham in April 2014 and fought to a split draw with Gerald Washington in his most recent fight, on Oct.13. During the stretch, he also out outpointed Joey Dawejko and scored a seventh-round knockout of Fred Kassi, against whom Breazeale won a 10-round decision on Sept. 26.