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Alhambra football star wins chance to box for Olympic glory **Updated

Updated 5.14.12

Former Alhambra High football star Dominic Breazeale will be joining eight other American boxers on Team USA in London at this summer's Olympics. The Associated Press reports: 

From the Associated Press story on Breazeale.

Breazeale is another remarkable success story for USA Boxing and All-American Heavyweights, the remarkable training program in Carson, Calif., dedicated to winning amateur titles by turning athletes from other sports into boxers. The 6-foot-6 fighter overcame a third-round deficit to earn his Olympic spot, beating Puerto Rico’s Gerardo Bisbal 15-12.

“Going into the third round, I was down my two points, and I had to dig down deep. I was gassed, tired, and I had to dig deep into the heart, knuckle up. I knew I won, but I wasn’t sure if I won by a lot. When I heard that blue corner called, such a relief.”

Updated 5.8.12

Alhambran Dominic Breazeale is one step closer to competing in the Olympics after a victory for Team USA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. East Side Boxing reports: 

Breazale kept Team USA on the winning side of the scoreboard with a thrilling comeback victory in his super heavyweight contest with Jose Payares of Venezuela. The 6-6 former quarterback trailed after each of the first two rounds, facing a 4-3 deficit after one and trailing 8-5 with three minutes of action remaining. Yet Breazale wouldn’t be denied, charging back in the third round and outscoring Payares by a 7-2 margin to win a 12-10 final decision and keep his Olympic hopes alive. Breazale will take on Brazil’s Gidelson Silva in Wednesday’s quarterfinal action. 

Originally published 5.4.12

After playing football as a star at Alhambra High School and later in college, Dominic Breazeale, hoped to be drafted into the NFL. What he didn't expect was to become a top-rated boxer with Olympic aspirations.

“My mom never allowed me to box," Breazeale, 26, told the Los Angeles Wave. But when the NFL draft didn't work out he caught the attention of the All-American Heavyweights, a recruiting program that turns athletes from other sports into boxers. 

"I never set foot in a boxing gym in my life until three-and-a-half years ago when I came to All-American Heavyweights," Breazeale told the Wave. "Three months into camp I fell in love with the sport. Watching is one thing, but being the guy in the ring is a dream come true.”

Now Breazeale, who stand 6'6'' and weighs in at 250 pounds, is the No. 1 rated amateur heavyweight in the United States and has his sights set on the 2012 London Olympics. He trains in a state-of-the-art facility in Carson, known as The Rock, which is Team USA’s training site before the qualifying tournament. That starts Saturday, May 5, in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

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