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Anthony Joshua to fight Dominic Breazeale


After his stunning knockout victory over the American Charles Martin, Anthony Joshua will defend his  IBF world title for the first time against undefeated American Dominic Breazeale on June 25th.


Anthony Joshua has a perfect 16-0 record so far in his professional career, all victories coming by way of knockout. In his previous contest, he won the IBF heavyweight title by defeating Charles Martin with a stunning second round knockout, having only just won the vacant British Heavyweight title against his compatriot Dillian Whyte.


Breazeale, 30, enters the fight with a 17-0 record, 15 wins coming by way of knockout, and is ranked 13th by the IBF, which is lower than Anthony Joshua’s domestic rivals, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora.


Joshua will want to proceed from this fight with his record and world title still intact, as a number of lucrative title fights await him if he does so.


There are a number of domestic fights that he could take, as a resurgent David Haye is on the comeback trail and will be having his second fight since coming out of retirement, against the Swiss Arnold Gjergjaj on May 21st.

If David Haye wins this fight, he puts himself in line for a title challenge against Anthony Joshua.


Moreover, Tyson Fury will be making the first defense of his world title’s when his rematch against Wladimir Klitschko takes place on July 9th at the MEN arena in Manchester, and so long as Tyson Fury’s talk of retirement is merely just talk, and not his plan, a unification fight with Anthony Joshua seems almost certain.


The undercard for the Joshua v Breazale fight also features domestic rivals George Groves vs. Martin Murray, in an elimination fight for the WBA super-middleweight title, with both vying for another opportunity at world level it looks set to be a real slugfest.


In all likelihood, with his ferocious power and ever evolving skills, it seems a sure bet that Anthony Joshua will likely beat Dominic Breazeale, and if his record suggests anything it will be an early knockout. With both fighters having such a high knockout percentage in their records, I do not see this one going the distance.

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