Premier Boxing Champions returns to NBCSN with BIZIER vs LAWSON & CASTILLO vs OBARA Preview and Weigh-in Results
Saturday November 7, 2015– Premier Boxing Champions returns to NBCSN tonight SAT, NOV 07, 2015 9PM ET Eastern Time/ 6PM PT at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami. Miami heats up with a pair of action-packed fights as 147-pound contender Kevin Bizier takes aim at a victory that can earn the Canadian his first title shot, and crowd-pleasing Nicaraguan slugger Walter Castillo looks to continue his knockout streak in a 140-pound bout as Premier Boxing Champions returns to NBCSN.
Canadian Kevin Bizier wants a stoppage victory that leaves nothing to chance in his U.S. debut, given that his two split-decision losses in 26 fights occurred in his home province of Quebec, Canada. But it is Chicago-based Ghana native Fredrick Lawson whose unbeaten record consists of 20 KOs in 24 fights.
The 5-foot-8.5-inch Bizier (24-2, 16 KOs) yields advantages in height and age to the 6-foot Lawson. Bizier, 31, won an eight-round majority decision over Fouad El Massoudi in April, which followed his second loss by split decision to Jo Jo Dan.
The 26-year-old Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs) is fighting on American soil for the fourth straight time after competing solely in Ghana to start his career. Lawson has gone the distance in his last two fights, with a split decision over Breidis Prescott in March and a unanimous decision over Ray Narh in October 2014.
Lawson’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, will oppose Bizier’s cornerman, Marc Ramsay, for the second time in three weeks, having guided 160-pound champion Gennady Golovkin to last month’s eighth-round KO of David Lemieux.
It’s a high-stakes 147-pound title elimination bout whose winner takes another step toward a shot at English champion Kell Brook.
PREVIEW BIZIER vs LAWSON:
Kevin Bizier compiled a sensational 98-26 record—and collected seven Canadian titles—as an amateur. And one of his losses doubled as one of his most impressive performances: an all-out war with Marcos Maidana in which both fighters had to rise from the canvas.
But since turning pro in late 2008, Bizier’s career hasn’t reached the heights of Maidana, who has won multiple 147-pound titles. And that’s something Bizier (24-2, 16 KOs) hopes to change when he debuts on American soil November 7 against dangerous unbeaten 147-pound prospect Fredrick Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs).
The scheduled 12-round clash will headline a Premier Boxing Champions card at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
Bizier’s pro career started with 21 consecutive victories, and his only two losses were by split decision, and both against the same opponent: fellow Quebec resident Jo Jo Dan in November 2013 and November 2014.
Bizier rebounded from his first setback to Dan with consecutive early-round TKOs against Carlos Leonardo Herrera (May 2014) and Laszio Fazekas (September 2014). He also rallied from the second Ion defeat, scoring an eight-round, majority-decision victory over Fouad El Massoudi in his most recent contest in April.
Lawson’s last bout was a razor-thin, 10-round, split-decision victory over Breidis Prescott in March. While one judge sided with Prescott 96-93, two judges gave Lawson the nod by identical 95-94 scores. That marked the first time in his pro career that the native of Ghana was victorious by anything other than a stoppage or unanimous decision.
Now a resident of Chicago, the 26-year-old Lawson has gone the distance three times in his last four fights after stopping 19 of his first 20 opponents.
While the 31-year-old Bizier will have advantages in age and reach (71 inches to 70 inches), the 6-foot Lawson will own a 3½-inch edge in height.
This scheduled 12-round bout doesn’t figure to go the distance as Nicaraguan Walter Castillo has knocked out five of his past six opponents, while Japan’s Keita Obara has gained 14 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.
Castillo (26-3, 19 KOs) will be fighting on U.S. soil for the fourth straight time after climbing the ranks competing in Central America. His third-round KO of Ammeth Diaz in July helped him bounce back from his loss to unbeaten Amir Imam in April.
Obara (15-1, 14 KOs) hasn’t lost since his pro debut in August 2010. His third-round stoppage of Khompetch Sithsaithong in August continued a career-long streak in which none of Obara’s fights have reached the final bell.
It seems doubtful, given the fighters’ combined concussive power, that this 140-pound clash will end any differently
PREVIEW CASTILLO vs OBARA:
Walter Castillo of Managua, Nicaragua, has a long way to go match the ring accomplishments of Managua legend Alexis Argüello, the late Hall of Famer who is widely recognized as one of the most exciting brawlers in boxing history.
But while Castillo isn’t exactly nearing Argüello’s block just yet, he’s at least traveling in the right direction. For one thing, the 140-pounder sports an impressive pro record (26-3); for another, he seems to possess his fallen countryman’s firepower, having flattened 19 of his opponents, good for a 73 percent knockout rate (compared to 81 percent for Argüello).
Castillo will attempt to take another stride forward when he battles Japanese slugger Keita Obara (15-1, 14 KOs) on November 7 at the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami. The 140-pound battle is scheduled for 12 rounds and will serve as the appetizer to the Kevin Bizier-Fredrick Lawson Premier Boxing Champions headliner (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
The 26-year-old Castillo has ripped off five wins (all by knockout) in his last six fights, most recently taking care of veteran Ammeth Diaz with a third-round TKO on July 11. Prior to that, the 5-foot-10 fighter dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to still-unbeaten Amir Imam in April—Castillo’s only loss since early 2012.
As impressive as Castillo’s knockout percentage is, Obara’s is even better. The 28-year-old native of Tokyo is riding a 13-fight knockout streak and has won 15 straight since starting his career with a TKO loss to Kazuyoshi Kumano in August 2010.
Add it up and you’ve got two hammer-fisted 140-pounders who have tallied 33 knockouts in 41 combined victories. Translation: This one has the potential to be more action-packed than your average Iron Man flick.
OFFICIAL BOUT SHEET WITH WEIGHTS
(Courtesy of and by: PBC Editor)
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