Showtime Boxing International Results: Joshua wins by 7th round Knockout
By: Matthew N. Becher
Live from the O2 arena, in Greenwich, London the IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua defended his title for the first time against American, Dominic Breazeale. This was Breazeale’s first fight outside of the United States as well as his first fight as an underdog (20-1). Both of these fighters entered the Millennium Dome with perfect records and a total of 31 Knockouts between them.
Joshua showed why he was such a great favorite in the fight, and was able to showcase his skills to the masses again on a worldwide televised fight. Continuing his perfect knockout streak and undefeated record, Joshua is only 26 years old, with one of the world championship belts. The sky is the limit for this guy.
Anthony Joshua (16-0 16KO) v. Dominic Breazeale (17-0 15KO): IBF Heavyweight Championship
Joshua showed that he was the superior fighter right from the first round, landing cleaner, harder punches early. Breazeale was slow in his reflexes, moving forward and trying to adjust to the much, much quicker Joshua.
In the second round Breazeale was wobbled early in the round and nearly went down towards the end. Joshua’s right hand uppercut is a devastating punch, and easily shows that he possesses power in both hands.
Breazeale became only the second fighter to ever take Joshua beyond the third round, though Breazeale paid a great deal of punishment in doing so. Breazeale’s right eye was nearly closed by the fourth round, but credit had to be given on toughness, because many fighters would have went down for the count on much less.
Joshua doled out a great deal of punishment by the 6th round and took relatively little back in return. The difference in stamina could be noticeably seen by the midway point, since Joshua was already in a steady pace and Breazeale was very much just trying to survive.
The seventh round was the round that Joshua decided to put an end to it. The first knockdown came within the first thirty seconds of the round, from a deadly combination. Breazeale got up, showing tremendous heart and was quickly knocked out with a brutal straight left hand.
Joshua KO7 1:01