In order for boxers to succeed in the sweet science, it takes multiple factors such as skill, strength and mental toughness. Boxers put their bodies to the limit in training camp for multiple weeks leading up until the week they fight. Then, at a last minute’s notice their fight can be cancelled.
This was the situation with top U.S. heavyweight prospect Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale. Breazeale was scheduled to fight Charles Martin on December 12, 2015 and three days before their scheduled bout, the fight was called off. Breazeale was left with no opponent and after taking a week off, went back to training through the holidays in hopes of fighting soon thereafter.
A few weeks later, Breazeale would experience a life changing moment that would affect his life forever. While training for his bout with a new opponent, he received devastating news that his mother had a massive heart attack and may not make it. After Breazeale arrived at the hospital, his mother Tina passed away a short while later.
A fighter may posses the skills and strength needed to perform their best as they enter one of the biggest fights in their career, but to deal with so much adversity, mental toughness plays a key part. After much thought, Breazeale decided to go on with his scheduled bout and he did so while being there for his siblings who took the sudden death of their mother very hard.
“It was tough; very tough for me, as well as for my brother and two younger sisters, but I try to lead by example and say hey, I still have a fight to train for and you still have your lives to live. It’s going to be hard, but we can get through this,” said Breazeale.
Tonight, Breazeale (16-0, 14
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KO’s) faces heavyweight veteran Amir Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KO’s) and understands that a victory will set him up for a big fight very soon. Yesterday, Breazeale was informed by the World Boxing Council (WBC) that today’s bout will now be for the WBC Continental Americas championship. A victory for Breazeale can place him in a favorable spot to fight for a world title.
“I know what this fight means to me and I’m hungry. This fight is going to set up some great fights for me, all in preparation for a shot at the world heavyweight title. There is so much at stake in this fight for me personally. Mansour is not going to keep me from feeding my family and taking care of them for years to come.”
“I feel like I can beat any heavyweight out there and I truly believe it, but first I have to beat Mansour. My coach Manny Robles has been preparing me to go all 10 rounds and this is what we trained for. If it ends early, it ends early. I’m just looking to go in there and win every round and fight the best fight I can. I’m ready,” said Breazeale.
Now, the day of the biggest fight of his career, Breazeale will step into the ring with a heavy heart and will win the bout in memory of his mother.
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