Opinion | Apr 25 2016

What to make of Anthony Joshua vs Dominic Breazeale

John Dennen considers the June 25 IBF heavyweight title fight, Anthony Joshua vs Dominic Breazeale
Anthony Joshua
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ANTHONY JOSHUA vs Dominic Breazeale will take place on June 25 at the O2 Arena in London. The bout will be Joshua’s first defence of the IBF heavyweight title which he won so swiftly, inside two rounds, from Charles Martin in April.

It’s good to see Joshua being so active. This fight is only two months away, so it will only afford Joshua a short break before going right back into training camp. Big names, other than Gennady Golovkin, tend to fight far too infrequently in this sport. Golovkin has taken the approach that, while he’s hunting down a defining fight, he’ll keep busy and keep racking up the knockouts. That’s helped his profile, which of course will make it easier to nail down a shot at someone like Canelo Alvarez. While the super-fights for Anthony Joshua are unified champion Tyson Fury, David Haye, WBC boss Deontay Wilder or even former division leader Wladimir Klitschko, all of them are otherwise engaged over the next couple of months and, given that Joshua has only experienced 16 bouts and 34 rounds of his professional career, the more contests he has before stepping in with one of the other big names, the more time he’ll have to develop as a fighter.

There is an argument to be made for Breazeale as a voluntary challenger. He is theoretically the USA’s best heavyweight prospect, he was the one who made it to the last Olympic Games and on paper he has a similar record to Joshua. Dominic is 17-0 (15) to Anthony’s 16-0 (16). He’s fractionally taller at six foot seven and the available contenders listed in the IBF’s heavyweight top 15 aren’t overly dissimilar to Breazeale.