The first title defence of Anthony Joshua (16-0-KO16) is few days away. A win over the challenger challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale Breazeale (17-0-KO15) would solidify him as a true champion worth his salt, this title defence. “Trouble” is confident that he has developed a good game plan to expose the Champs weaknesses when they meet on June 25 at the O2 Arena, London.
Breazeale said: “I am an opportunist and if I see an opportunity, I am going to take advantage of it. If he exposes something or shows a weakness of some sort, I plan to take advantage of it, I’ll go with the game plan, of course. My trainer has done a great job developing a game plan, but if I see an opportunity I am going to take advantage of it.”
He added: “I’ll hit him hard, hit him strong, hit him with everything, just be ready. We’ve had a great camp and it’s the most exciting part about camp, getting to the finish line and I am excited. I am ready for it.”
Breazeale feels he has got an upper hand as far as mind games are concerned, during their first press conference clashed as the American tried to rattle the 26-year-old. He warns Joshua that he is not going to be a pushover like Charles Martin who got embarrassed in the 2ndround by AJ and lost his IBF world heavyweight title.
“It seems that I got under his skin, I don’t know him very well, but I could just tell from his attitude and demeanor, that he was a little rattled,” he said. “That’s always a good thing, he knows he’s in for a big fight and he’s not got a push over on his hands.”
Both fighters are still undefeated in their professional careers, however Joshua holds a perfect 100% knockout ratio as compared to the American’s 88%.
Although, he has a slight height and reach advantage, he is nothing compared to the speed and power of AJ. Both pugilists are fond of knocking people out early, but at the London Olympics, Breazeale got stunned by Russian Magomed Omarov in the 1st round. So can we expect history to repeat itself when AJ faces “Trouble”, AJ fans win would be routing for the similar outcome.
Joshua is looking beyond his first title defence as he is planning for unification bouts with Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) in 2017.