Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/25/16
Breazeale vs. Joshua
Boxing: Saturday, June 25, 2016 (The O2 Arena)
The Line: Breazeale +2000 / Joshua -4000 -- Over/Under: 3.5 See the Latest Odds
Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale fight Saturday in The O2 Arena for the IBF heavyweight title on Showtime.
Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 16-0 record that includes 16 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s seventh fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a April win over Charles Martin. Joshua continues to prove he’s possibly the best heavyweight in the world, as he gave Martin his first loss in knockout fashion. Joshua has ended every one of his fights by knockout, as he throws a variety of punches and has insane power in both of his hands. With Joshua, it’s not a question of if he’s going to land a clean shot, it’s when. Some would question Joshua’s resume but after knocking out two respectable fighters in Martin and Dillian Whyte, it’s clear to say he’s as good as advertised. Joshua has fought much of his career in England, his home.
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Dominic Breazeale enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Breazeale’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a January win over Amir Mansour. Breazeale is a former quarterback of Northern Colorado and is a late bloomer as a boxer as he approaches 31 years old in August. Breazeale has terrific size at 6’7” and a reach of nearly 82 inches, so he does matchup well with Joshua. Breazeale also has clear power in both hands with five of his last seven bouts ending in knockout. The concern with Breazeale is this is a major step up in competition and his overall boxing skills may not be up to par for such a challenge. This will be Breazeale’s first fight outside of the United States.
We’ve seen this story before where another undefeated boxer wants a shot at Joshua and is willing to fight him in his backyard. It doesn’t end well. This one won’t either. Joshua is too smart of a boxer and too accurate with his hands. Breazeale hasn’t been boxing long enough and hasn’t worked his way up against better competition to earn such a big fight. This is like playing well in high school as a freshman and jumping straight to the NBA.
Joshua will win yet another fight by knockout.