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Joshua KOs Breazeale in first title defense

Anthony Joshua

Nobody will every deny the power to explosive ability of Anthony Joshua, but it was easy to say that he became the IBF Heavyweight champion a bit too early after Charles Martin pretty much went to London for a pay day as he showed no real desire to defend his title when they met back in February.

But Joshua proved himself with a dominant seventh round knockout of the power-punching Dominic Breazeale in London for his first title defense. Breazeale has shown a questionable chin in his history, but he also showed massive one-punch knockout power. In his January he likely ended the career of Amir Mansour with hard hook that broke his jaw.

Joshua proved he could take a punch against Breazeale, but he stuck to a defense by offense strategy, which was expected considering his aggressive style.

Joshua kept Breazeale up against the ropes in the third round. Breazeale was able to fight out of it, but by the fifth round Breazeale was wobbling on his big tree-trunk legs. Joshua landed a massive left hook that hurt the challenger, and Breazeale was unable to recover from it.

In the seventh round a flurry of hard punches sent Breazeale down to the canvas. He barely made it back up to his feet, but he was sent back down even quicker before the referee has no choice but to stop the fight.

Joshua had a fight go past the third round for just a second time in his career as he remained undefeated with a 17th-straight victory. After the fight he called out American puncher Deontay Wilder, but despite retaining his title, he did not show he was ready for an opponent like him yet. Joshua may likely face the winner of the upcoming Tyson Fury -Wladimir Klitschko rematch, A fight against his countryman Fury would be the biggest fight in England’s history, but again, he really should look to fight somebody else to tune up his game and clean up his flaws before challenging a top-notch champion like one of those guy.

Breazeale was an interesting challenge for Joshua, but at the end of the day Breazeale’s weak chin did not make him too much of a threat. However, it was very nice to see how Joshua handled a fighter with his size and power.

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