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Anthony Joshua fired up for explosive showdown with Breazeale

Published 26/04/2016

IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua
IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua will face undefeated American Dominic Breazeale in the first defence of his IBF world heavyweight title this summer.

The 30-year-old Breazeale, who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games where Joshua won his gold medal, will travel to London's 02 Arena on June 25 for his first fight at world level.

His selection as Joshua's opponent comes after a long period of him being monitored as a potential challenger, according to the champion. The 26-year-old Briton, who is expected to also face WBO and WBA champion Tyson Fury in the next 12 months, said: "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 to 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.

"I am looking to get past Breazeale in style and continue moving towards the unification fight everybody is waiting for."

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