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14 NOVEMBER 2018

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Bizier Tops Lawson With 10th Round TKO

By Marc Livitz: Kevin Bizier bullied Frederick Lawson around for the lot of ten rounds before scoring a tenth round TKO at the Miccosukee Gaming Resort Miami, Florida on Saturday. Lawson didn’t leave his corner for the eleventh round after suffering a broken jaw. The welterweight eliminator contest could possibly set up a future meeting with IBF champion Kell Brook.


The bout was Quebec native’s Bizier’s first on American soil and Lawson’s fourth since leaving his native Ghana. The opening round between the the two orthodox fighters was at a back and forth pace as they exchanged shots. Bizier wobbled Lawson a bit with a left hook just before the bell. Kevin looked to wear down Lawson with power shots to the body in the second. Lawson would answer with his jab but Bizier kept moving in.


The third was much of the same. Kevin continued to move in towards the composed Lawson and connected with a few shots while he stood in front of the Accra, Ghana native. Frederick looked to jab away at his Canadian aggressor in the fourth and the strategy was a success. Bizier remained active but not overly so. About twenty seconds into the fifth, a right cross to the head from Bizier shook Lawson enough to lead to the bout’s first knockdown. Another right led to Frederick being saved by the ropes.


He looked better early on the the sixth but Bizier’s hard shots made him reconsider his aggressive approach. He never threw more than two consecutive shots and made no attempt to reach for combinations. In the seventh, he hoped his jab would gain some time and momentum in his favor. Kevin refused to back down but he may have done enough to win his first round on the scorecards of the ringside judges. He did much of the same to begin the eighth and ninth as he may have begun to understand the advantages of his Canadian opponent standing right in front of him. Bizier continued to dig to the body and throw Frederick out of his groove.


As the contest moved into double digits, Kevin trudged forward and his west African foe could not keep him away. There would be no eleventh round. Lawson’s trainer, Abel Sanchez decided that he’d seen enough damage done to his fighter, as well as upon the advice of the ringside physician who felt Frederick may have suffered a broken jaw. With the win, Kevin Bizier (25-2, 17 KO’s) moved in line to fight Kell Brook, while Frederick Lawson (24-1, 20 KO’s) suffered the first loss of his career.



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