Dominic Breazeale, former football player, moves onto boxing

August 1, 2012
DominicBreazeale (Chris Carlson/AP)

Boxer Dominic Breazeale hopes his second go-around as a professional athlete lasts longer than the first.

Breazeale, 26, was a former quarterback at the University of Northern Colorado, and when his collegiate eligibility ended, he had an NFL tryout with the New York Giants, a stint that lasted barely a week.

Now with his amateur boxing career likely finished, he hopes he fares better in the professional ranks.

“Definitely I’m going to continue with boxing,” he said following his lopsided 19-8 loss to Russia’s Magomed Omarov on Wednesday.

Breazeale, who stands 6 feet 5 and weighs 255 pounds, was recruited into USA Boxing by an organization in search of athletic super heavyweights. He made the Olympic team despite having barely three years of experience in the sport. That inexperience was hard to miss in his lone bout of the tournament.

“It definitely showed tonight,” he said.

While Breazeale’s football career didn’t last as long as he’d hoped, he points out that the two sports are very different.

“Night and day,” he said. “Football, you have an offseason. In boxing, you don’t. The game of football, you play it. In boxing, you live it.”

Breazeale said he’ll likely turn professional upon his return to the United States and knows he’ll have to shed about 25 to 30 pounds to be competitive.

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.
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