2012 U.S. Olympic undefeated heavyweight Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, who improved to 16-0, 14 KOs, scored a 10-round unanimous decision over a tough and cagey “Big” Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs), in a hard fought heavyweight battle. Judges scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 100-90.
” Fred’s a tough competitor. He came out guns blazing. It was punch for punch, man, match for match. He landed some good shots. I landed some good shots. I definitely wasn’t expecting that from Fred Kassi at all. I’ve got to thank him for coming out, putting on a great show. My performance was good. It could have been better, a lot better. I’ve got a lot of work to do.
“Yeah, I definitely got frustrated. I know he is a veteran. I know he was looking for those later rounds to shine. I’m looking for the knockout in the first, second and third round. He did a great job of avoiding it. He switched up to southpaw, then, he switched to orthodox. He was doing a lot of tricky things that a veteran guy does.
“It’s probably the most frustrated I’ve ever been in a fight, especially going 10 rounds. When you can’t figure a guy out by the third or fourth round, you start shooting shots and looking for things to land. I landed some good right hands but I just couldn’t put two pieces together. It was one strong shot after another, never two and three.
“In training camp, my trainers did a great job getting me in shape. We knew we had 10 hard rounds. I’ve been sparring 15, 16 rounds, so I knew I had it in the tank. At one point, we had it in the body shots. The body shots landed great and I could see it affected him, that he was getting hurt from them, so we had to keep going with it.
“I’ve got a lot to learn. I’m still a young guy in this game. I’m still in the top ranks, but little by little, every fight I take something from it and this one, I’m going to take a lot from this one. It was a learning lesson and I’m glad I was able to be a part of it. I’ve got to thank NBC and all the people that put this together.”
“He could not hit me with anything I was blocking everything. He’s definitely a good fighter, but I think I am the better fighter.
“I slipped more of his punches and he couldn’t really hit me. I was blocking. He was desperate to get me, but I was just showing him I was the better fighter. I don’t take nothing away from him, he’s a good fighter.”