Breazeale emerged victorious via unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 100-90).

Breazeale worked behind his jab in Round 1, pressing the action as Kassi circled the ring.

The former college quarterback largely abandoned his jab for a time after that, loading up on hard right hands, allowing Kassi to get inside, where he was able to do his best work.

Kassi fought on his heels, moving backward most of the night, landing good shots intermittently as Breazeale came forward firing rights, pressing Kassi into the ropes.

In Round 6, Breazeale began to pump his jab more, which paid immediate dividends as he was able to disrupt Kassi’s charge.

Breazeale landed withering body shots to the midsection in Round 8 as Kassi began to slow down a bit.

After plenty of heated back-and-forth action in the final two rounds, Breazeale emerged victorious via unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 100-90).

Dominic Breazeale and Fred Kassi
Dominic Breazeale fires a jab during his win over Fred Kassi in Birmingham, Alabama. (Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • –In Round 2, the action got heated as Dominic Breazeale hammered Fred Kassi with combos on the ropes. Kassi rallied by tagging Breazele with a hard uppercut in return, setting the tone for much in-fighting on the ropes.
  • –Kassi began having success by timing Breazeale’s punches, especially in Round 5, when he landed a series of crisp right hands.
  • –Breazeale began working behind his jab more in Round 6 and zeroed in on Kassi’s body in Round 8, pressing the action en route to winning a unanimous decision.