IBF HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT: ANTHONY JOSHUA VS DOMINIC BREAZEALE

IBF HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT:  ANTHONY JOSHUA VS DOMINIC BREAZEALE

Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale are ready to slug it out tonight in an IBF world heavyweight title fight, scheduled to take place in O2 Arena, UK.

In the final news conference before the fight, Joshua said that he was intent on securing “an explosive KO and entertaining everybody”. He said that he is going to “crush Breazeale’s dreams” before giving himself the moniker “the dream-crusher”.

Joshua admitted he did not know what he was going to face and was expecting “a real tough fight”.

“I’m looking at winning this fight in good style so I can unify titles some time way down the line,” he added.

Joshua has knocked out all 16 of his professional opponents, with compatriot Dillian Whyte the only man to take him past three rounds.

The bout will be Joshua’s first defence of the title he claimed from Charles Martin on 9 April.

Also addressing the press, Dominic Breazeale, 30, said that Anthony Joshua has “had it easy” so far in his career.

“I think Joshua’s thinking of me as a stepping stone and he’s going to be sorry about that,”.

“I think he’s had it easy so far, fighting in the Olympics in his backyard, having the judges there in his backyard. Even as a professional, he fought a guy in Charles Martin that really didn’t show up on fight night.

“Yes, he’s got rid of a lot of his guys in the earlier rounds, but he hasn’t been taken into deep waters. Do I want to see him go into uncharted territory? Of course, without a doubt.

“I plan on putting on some extreme pressure and taking Joshua to places he’s never been.”

The unbeaten and 2012 Olympic gold medallist, weighs in at 17st 4lb, while the American, American Breazeale, weighs 18st 2lb.

Breazeale, who is an inch taller than Joshua at 6ft 7in, is a former Olympian and is ninth in the IBF rankings, below Britain’s David Haye. He has 15 knockouts in his 17 victories

Still on same night, George Groves and Martin Murray face each other in an eliminator for the WBA World super middleweight title, Chris Eubank Jr defends his British middleweight title against Wales’ Tom Doran, and John Wayne Hibbert meets Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver super lightweight title.

Whyte, unbeaten Birmingham star Kal Yafai, Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo, Conor Benn and Felix Cash are also in action..

Joshua Vs Breazeale fight tops the bill on a big night of British boxing at the O2.

 

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