Feature | May 04 2016

Meet Dominic Breazeale

Quarterback turned heavyweight title challenger Dominic Breazeale faces Anthony Joshua and explains why he's no Charles Martin, writes John Dennen
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DOMINIC BREAZEALE touched down in London today to face Anthony Joshua, the man Breazeale will challenge for the IBF heavyweight title on June 25.

“He’s the champ, you’ve got to respect him. He’s a big broad guy, very athletic like myself. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I wouldn’t want to fight some slouch. I want to fight the best of the best. I’m fortunate to get this opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of it,” the American said. “He’s good. In the 2012 Olympics he won the gold medal. Unfortunately I thought the Italian [Roberto Cammarelle] actually beat him in the championships, but it is what it is. For him to go on and win a belt after 16 professional fights, he’s come a long way, he’s progressed a lot, as has myself. I’m 17-0, 15 KOs and here I am in my 18th fight, fighting for a world title. Anthony Joshua is a very, very big strong, statuesque, athletic guy but at the same time it’s almost like he’s looking in the mirror… I’m one of those guys that is a dogfighter. I’m going to come to fight every minute, every second of the round.

“It’s going to be a strategic chess match, it’s him against me, me against him. It’s whoever lands faster and whoever’s the quicker guy on the night.”