One such fighter was the exciting and Dominic Breazeale (9-0, 9) who continued to leave opponents broken as he forced a retirement of the usually tough Homero Fonseca (10-7-3, 3). Fonseca, who had previously only been stopped once, by Franklin Lawrence, is usually a decent opponent. Unfortunately Fonseca came in in awful shape, some 40lbs heavier than when he fought Lawrence. Breazeale, a former Olympian, came in at a career high though does look like a potential champion in the making, great prospect to keep an eye on.
On the same show as Breazeale's victory over Fonseca there was also a stoppage victory for Gerald Washington (11-0, 8), who over came the the generally tough Arron Lyons (12-15-1, 9). This was the 5th stoppage loss for Lyons though it was more about keeping Washington busy and getting him in the ring as he needs experience and seasoning this year. We expect 5 if not 6 fights for Washington in 2014 with the later ones being notable steps up as he tries to move on to the world rankings.
In Minnesota we saw another promising and hard hitting American Heavyweight in action as Aaron Green (14-0, 12) defeated man mammoth Richard Carmack (12-4-0-1, 10). On paper this looked like a great bout but Green's much more polished skills, better speed and more all-round was far too much for Carmack who was stopped in round 2. For Carmack this is the end for any potential hope that he had in his career. This was Carmack's 4th straight loss whilst it was Green's 6th victory in a year and his 5th straight T/KO.
On the same card here there was a decision victory for former NFL player Ray Edwards (5-0, 3) who managed to take a decision over Alex Rozman (2-5, 1). Edwards, whose professional boxing career has been a bit of a joke so far, really won't be going far though will be fun to follow just for the gimmick of his career.
In Washington state the talented Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13) showed some killer instinct for once as he took out the usually tough Grover Young (7-12-1, 4) in just 2 rounds. Scott, who was fighting for the first time since his controversial loss to Dereck Chisora, seems to be wanting to re-establish himself and stoppage wins, even over a low level foe, is the way to do it.
The one other bout stateside we have a result for saw two unbeaten men remain unbeaten as Fred Latham (4-0-1, 2) and Mark Rideout (4-0-2, 1) fought to a 4 round draw.
Over in Spain the unbeaten Gabriel Enguema (2-0, 1) managed to over-come the debuting Gioacchino Mocerino (0-1) via a 4 round decision.