Anthony Joshua became IBF heavyweight champion of the world in sensational fashion at the O2 Arena in London. ________________________________________________________________________________ Anthony Joshua became the ninth British born heavyweight champion in history with his win tonight. The Englishman took the center of the ring when the opening bell sounded, in an initial cautious first few moments of the first round, before he…
Anthony Joshua First Title Defense Opponent Unveiled
Anthony Joshua MBE will make the first defence of his IBF World Heavyweight title against unbeaten American Dominic ‘Trouble’ Breazeale at The O2 in London on June 25.
Joshua ripped took the belt and unbeaten record of American Charles Martin at the same venue on April 9, and he’ll be looking to take another ‘0’ in his maiden defence.
Breazeale brings a decent 17-0 record to the UK with 15 wins inside the distance and enters the clash on the back of forcing Amir Mansour to retire after five rounds of their fight in January.
The Californian is no stranger to London having represented USA in the 2012 Olympic Games, where Joshua won gold.
Speaking on the announcement, Anthony Joshua said:
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to fight again, especially at The O2 which I have made my fortress. My coaches have watched Breazeale for a long time and they knew he was going to be a player in the division and now we get the chance to go war on June 25.”
“It’s sure to be explosive, both of us like to let our hands go and score knockouts, we are both undefeated and both have Olympic pedigree.”
The IBF champion concluded:
“I am looking to get passed Breazeale in style and continue moving towards the unification fight everybody is waiting for. I’m looking forward to being part of a stacked night of boxing and defending my title in style.”