Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale: Preview
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On April 9th Anthony Joshua knocked out the USA’s Charles Martin to claim the IBF world heavyweight title. The Watford born fighter has had a meteoric rise to prominence, claiming the world championship after only 16 fights, all of which he won by knock out. With stats like these, Joshua has risen to world championship level quicker than many of the greats: Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson included. But it could be argued that Joshua has still not seen a real test in the ring; Martin was dispatched in the second round, and many of Joshua’s fights, with the exception of Dillian Whyte, have gone similarly.
Dominic BreazealeSo what to make of Dominic Breazeale? The 6ft 7 American was announced this week as Joshua’s opposition for his first title defence, scheduled for June 25th at London’s O2 arena. Breazeale’s record is impressive – he’s unbeaten in 17 professional bouts with 15 wins by K.O., but can he present Joshua with a real challenge? Some argue that the 30 year old is far too similar to Charles Martin, as a tall, weighty fighter only really tested in American domestic fights. Because of this many predict a similar outcome to the Martin bout; bookmakers have Joshua odds on not only to win, but to knock out Breazeale.
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