Kevin Bizier waited 26 fights before he crossed the border for his first U.S. fight.
For Bizier, the wait proved rewarding as the native of Canada scored a technical knockout victory over previously-unbeaten Fredrick Lawson in the main event of a card late Saturday at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming.
From the opening bell, Bizier (25-2, 17 KOs) applied repeated pressure, keeping Lawson on the defensive with punishing shots to the body. Bizier eventually expanded his punch arsenal as he rocked Lawson (24-1) with combinations to the head.
Bizier sent Lawson through the ropes with a right to the head in the fifth round for the fight’s only knockdown.
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In the minutes rest before the 11th round, Lawson’s trainer Abel Sanchez instructed referee Sam Burgos to stop the bout. It was revealed later that Lawson had suffered a broken jaw.
“Pressure -that was our plan from the beginning,” Bizier said.
Earlier, Miami resident Breidis Prescott won a convincing unanimous decision over Brazil’s Claudienei Lacerda.
Using his height and reach advantage, Prescott (29-7) outpointed Lacerda with lead left jabs and straight rights to the head during the eight-round junior-middleweight bout. Prescott solidified his victory when he floored Lacerda (17-13) with a lead left jab and straight right to the head in the third round for the fight’s only knockdown.
All three judges scored the bout for Prescott, 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73.
“Although the fight could have ended by knockout, we took our time and avoided his wild-throwing shots,” Prescott said. “After the knockdown, we decided to fight the rest of the bout by maintaining distance.”
Prescott did not use Saturday’s performance as a motivator to overcome his split decision loss against Lawson in March at Hialeah Park and Casino.
“To be honest with you, I felt the winner against Lawson,” Prescott said. “Because of that result, he was given the better opportunity (Saturday) instead of me. But that is boxing. I still believe I have great opportunities coming my way.”
In other bouts: junior-welterweights Keita Obara and Walter Castillo fought to a draw; junior-middleweight Slam Kanat knocked out Jonathan Batista at 2:14 of the first round; light-heavyweight Victor De Rocha scored a technical knockout over Marlon Farr at 46 seconds of the first round; welterweight Courtney Jackson scored a TKO over Elijah Linder at 1:18 of the first round; featherweight Miguel Del Valle scored a TKO over Yuandale Evans at 2:38 of the first round; welterweight Bruno Bredician won by unanimous decision over J. Clifford Gray.