Boxing preview: Anthony Joshua versus Dominic Breazeale

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IBF Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua ranks sixth best heavyweight boxer in the world by the Ring Magazine, but many believe he is the future.

Joshua is eager to prove that he is now the best in the division by preferring to land a fight against the unified and lineal champion, Tyson Fury, or, against the highly strategic Wladimir Klitschko who is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time.

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Joshua has an unblemished record of 16-0. All the boxers he’s faced have not gotten through their respective matches on their feet. And prior to his grudge match against compatriot Dillian Whyte for the British Heavyweight title last year, not one of his previous opponents have gone past the third round.

Joshua lost to Whyte in the amateurs and wanted to make a strong statement as a professional. There was a lot of hype coming into the fight that seemed to get on his nerves. It was the first time that Joshua was evidently hurt in a fight, and which he could have lost had it not been for Whyte’s shoulder injury.

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The match against Whyte also showed Joshua getting carried away, lacking the discipline to follow his game plan from the get-go.

On June 25, 16, the supposed future of heavyweight boxing will be fighting against Dominic Breazeale, who is also undefeated with a record of 17-0. He is taller than Joshua and could pose strategic problems with his height, power, and left hook, which is an effective counter against Joshua’s right hand straight.

Joshua needs to keep his composure to get passed, Breazeale. He needs to slip those jabs to get in, go to the body, and fight smart. Breazeale can take a punch, and that shouldn’t frustrate Joshua enough to repeat what he did against Whyte.

Breazeale says he’s been yearning to bring back the title to the United States. He has confidence in his power, but respects Joshua’s power, too, and raw strength. He says he will be thinking of his parents when he fights.

During fight time, Anthony Joshua says he will be wearing an all-white outfit as a tribute to the legendary Muhammad Ali, who passed away last June 3. It is going to be a dedication by a rising star of today, reaching out to a champion for all-time.

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