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.
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.