It was just over 4 years ago that Dominic Breazeale was pursuing his dreams of playing in the NFL and leading his team to a championship. After going undrafted, Breazeale made the tough decision to swap his helmet and pads for head gear and leather gloves. It was a good decision for the star quarterback from the University of Northern Colorado as he moved back to California and started training as an amateur boxer with hopes of reaching the 2012 London Olympic Games.
After a standout amateur career in which he captured the 2011 California Golden Gloves title, won the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships and placed 2nd in the Americas qualifier, Dominic reached his dream of representing the United States in the Olympic Games. The United States Super Heavyweight showed heart and determination in his lone bout and came up short of a medal at the games.
Breazeale’s goal when jumping from the gridiron to the ring was to become America’s next Heavyweight Champion of the World. His journey to a world title will start on November 9, 2012 when he makes his professional debut on ShoBox, the New Generation at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California. Breazeale is excited to to turn professional and indicated that there are major differences between the amateur and pro ranks.
When asked about the transition, Breazeale stated that “the sport of boxing is
completely different when comes to the amateurs and pros. The amateur ranks is about scoring points on your opponent, whereas the pro ranks is more about imposing your will and hurting your opponent.”
Dominic’s pro career looks quite promising as he has surrounded himself with the best in the business, starting with his adviser. Breazeale chose to sign with one of boxing’s most influential figures, Mr. Al Haymon. On his feelings with signing with Mr. Haymon, Dominic noted that “I’m very happy and pleased to be working with Mr. Haymon as he is a very well known adviser and figure in boxing. I wouldn’t want to be working with anyone else.”
As for his corner, Breazeale is under the tutelage of world-renowned and California Boxing Hall of Fame trainer John Bray. Bray, an amateur standout and professional fighter himself, knows what it takes to be a great heavyweight. Bray was part of the training camps of some of the best heavyweight’s of this era, sparring with the likes of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.
Bray was also mentored and trained by legendary trainer’s in Angelo Dundee, Lou Duva and George Benton. When Bray was asked about his young fighter he had the following to say, “I’ve been in this business for over thirty years and this is one of the most naturally talented kids I’ve seen. He is a work in progress and is very young to the game, but he shows a ton of heart and determination. His work ethic is unquestioned and I believe he will do big things in boxing. All of these attributes are key ingredients for becoming the Heavyweight Champion of the World .”