Anthony Joshua Vs Dominic Breazeale – Preview and Prediction

Anthony Joshua will make the first defence of the IBF world heavyweight title he ripped from Charles Martin’s grasp inside two rounds in April of this year. He will face another American in the unbeaten former Olympian Dominic Breazeale.

Breazeale is a former American quarter back turned boxer, he had a good amatuer career as a national champion and number one ranked amateur at super heavyweight in the US.

However despite his perfect 17-0 unbeaten record as a professional, Breazeale has failed to impress at times, many feel he lost to Fred Kassi last year despite getting a wide unanimous decision which was met with boos from the crowd ringside. Kassi is a guy Hughie Fury dealt with fairly comfortably earlier this year.

He was also floored whilst losing widely to Amir Mansour earlier this year before Mansour inadvertently bit through his tongue and had to retire on his stool at the end of the 5th round. However in Breazeales favour he has shown some toughness and resilience so far in his career and his right hand looks to carry significant power if he lands it.

So far however Breazeale has generally faced heavyweights a lot smaller than himself, that won’t be the case against Anthony Joshua this weekend.

Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua needs little introduction on UK shores as the hype around this young heavyweight has been immense, this weekend he gets to impress stateside as the bout will be shown live on Showtime sports.

Joshua professional career to date has been near on perfect as he has demolished everything in sight, the only fighter to take Joshua past the third round is the very capable Dillian Whyte. His punching power, combinations and explosiveness has brought him star status in the UK, beyond the average boxing fan.

However at 26 there is still work to do, but plenty of time to do it in, there has been criticism aimed at Joshua’s level of opposition, and again this weekend I really do feel we have another mismatch, but when Joshua’s fights are selling out in minutes and PPV numbers are high then Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has no reason to take too many risks with his asset.

The only way I can see Breazeale possibly winning this fight is if he lands a huge right hand from the gods somehow but I just don’t see it happening and this should be another early night for Anthony Joshua.

I don’t think this fight sees past 3 rounds and the bet I am recommending is to take within 2 rounds at evens (1/1) at Ladbrokes, that is a generous price comparible to the rest of the market.


BETTING TIP: £25 on the fight to end within 2 rounds evens at Ladbrokes.