The fight location total might not match his native Ghana but Fredrick Lawson is becoming accustomed to South Florida.
Nearly eight months since his previous bout, Lawson returns to South Florida for another local appearance. Lawson will face Canada’s Kevin Bizier in the main event of a card Saturday night at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in west Miami-Dade.
“I enjoyed my first trip to Miami and I am happy to be back,” Lawson said Friday afternoon. “This is another important test of my career and I am ready and motivated to come out with the win.”
Lawson, 26, has experienced nothing but victories since his professional debut four years ago. The rising welterweight contender, who moved to the United States last year, is 24-0 with 20 knockouts entering Saturday’s bout against Bizier (24-2, 16 KOs).
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Although his professional bouts rarely have featured perilous situations, Lawson encountered a difficult obstacle when he faced Miami resident Breidis Prescott on March 26 at Hialeah Park and Casino. A disputed eighth-round knockdown helped Lawson win a narrow split decision.
“It was a tough fight but I felt I won,” Lawson said. “That fight only will have me more prepared for all the fights moving forward.”
After fighting his first 26 bouts in Canada, Bizier, 31, will make his U.S. debut Saturday. The notable victory of Bizier’s career was his technical knockout stoppage of former world lightweight champion Nate Campbell two years ago.
Saturday’s fight headlines an announced nine-bout card that also will feature Prescott in an undercard match. Prescott (28-7,-21 KOs) will face Brazil’s Claudenei Lacerda (17-12, 12 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round welterweight bout.
The first bout will start at 6:30. NBC Sports Network will begin its telecast at 9, showcasing the Lawson-Bizier bout.