Anthony Joshua to fight Dominic Breazeale on June 25 in London
By Joseph Correa
IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16KOs) will make the first defense of his title on June 25 against fellow undefeated heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 arena in London, England according to Matchroom Sports Promoter and Director Eddie Hearn.
Joshua is coming off a stellar performance in which he dispatched of former world champion Charles Martin with ease inside of two rounds to claim the IBF title. Breazeale, on the other hand, did not have it quite so easy taking on a very hungry and eager Amir Mansour.
Mansour won each of the first three rounds dropping Breazeale in the third-round with a big right hook. Breazeale managed to return to his feet and get through the round which he punctuated with a big uppercut that seemed to change the complexion of the fight.
In Round 5, Breazeale turned things on landing a big time uppercut, right-hand combination that hurt Mansour and left him unable to come out at the bell for the next round. Breazeale was awarded the TKO victory and now a shot at the champion Joshua.
This fight is intriguing on many fronts. First, you have two former Olympians who are undefeated fighting for a world title. Next, you have two heavyweights who are absolutely huge, Joshua stands at 6'5 and Breazeale checks in at 6'7 and both men knockout artists.
Joshua had this to say about the two meeting:
It will be interesting to see which of these two come out on top as they are both evenly matched on paper. The slight edge has to go to Joshua who is riding the momentum of his recent victory but Breazeale showed he can handle adversity and win despite being down.
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