Nigeria’s Anthony Joshua Retains World Boxing Title


Nigerian-British Boxer, Anthony Joshua floored American challenger, Dominic Breazeale on Saturday to retain his International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title.

Joshua cruised to a seventh round victory over Dominic Breazeale and extended his remarkable run of knockouts at the O2 Arena in London.

26-year-old Joshua, who has stopped all 17 professional opponents since winning an Olympic gold medal at London 2012, inflicted Breazeale’s first professional defeat in his 18th bout after controlling the fight from start to finish.

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American Dominic Breazeale, brought an unbeaten 17-0 record, with 15 wins by stoppage, and at 6ft 7ins (2.0 metres) to London and left with his reputation in pieces after absorbing 19 minutes of sustained punishment.

Though an inch taller than Joshua, Breazeale could not halt the rapid momentum of Joshua’s run in the professional ranks, which saw him win the IBF title with a two-round victory over American Charles Martin in April.

Joshua made his opponent flinch with the power and speed of his jab from the first exchanges to the crunching conclusion.

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Breazeale, 30, was under more pressure at the start of the second round when Joshua landed a flurry of power punches.

Joshua got back behind his jab and was working patiently until a combination left Breazeale staggering back on spaghetti legs.

Breazeale survived that crisis but in the third round his right eye was almost swollen shut but he bravely battled on to become just the second professional opponent to take Joshua past three rounds.

Joshua was content to take his time by boxing at a steady pace, wobbling Breazeale with a right in the sixth when the American gamely returned fire and bloodied the Briton’s nose.

It was all over in the seventh when Breazeale was floored twice by combinations. He bravely got up after being decked by a left and a right but after a blizzard of blows was returned to the canvas and the fight waved off.

Joshua is expected to make a mandatory defence against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker by the end of the year or spring 2017.

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Clashes against rival world champions, or fellow Briton David Haye, are likely to be next year at the earliest for Joshua, who increasingly is looking the man to beat in the heavyweight division.