Opinion | May 04 2016

Mickey Vann: Dominic Breazeale has no business challenging Anthony Joshua

Mickey Vann investigates the Dominic Breazeale and is not impressed with his findings
Amir Mansour
Mansour-vs-BREAZEALE-2250_Fight  |  Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

THE IBF relieved Tyson Fury of their heavyweight championship belt, and now allow Anthony Joshua to make his first defence against Dominic Breazeale. By that logic, I expect this guy to be something special.

A little investigation shows he’s probably not. He has a 17-fight unbeaten record, which on the face of it looks okay, but let’s take a closer look at his last three opponents. The last time out he fought the rather long in the tooth 43-year-old Amir Mansour [pictured above, Breazeale on left]. So long in fact he bit through his own tongue and was forced to retire after five rounds in a bout for the WBC Continental Americas title – the equivalent of the heavyweight championship of Scunthorpe.

Prior to that he fought Fred Kassi, who has an 18-4-1 record after losing to Hughie Fury at the Copper Box Arena this weekend. Kassi lost by unanimous decision to Breazeale – not all observers agreed with the decision incidentally – and drew with the 35-year-old Chris Arreola, but was knocked out by the aforementioned Mansour the fight before that. His third most recent opponent was Yasmany Consuegra who boasted an impressive record of 17-3, a BoxRec ranking of 227, and his 17 victims could boast a whopping 18 wins between them.