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Joshua set for break before next defence after seeing off Breazeale

By Staff Reporter

Anthony Joshua expects to make the next defence of his IBF heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Joseph Parker in November.

Before then Joshua plans to take a rest, with one of his next assignments being to commentate on Team GB's boxing squad at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.

Saturday's seventh-round stoppage of American Dominic Breazeale represented both the finest performance of Joshua's career and the first defence of his title. He demonstrated increasing maturity and patience against a resilient opponent, who took the heaviest of punches until referee Howard Foster waved the fight over after a second knockdown in quick succession.

David Haye, a ringside commentator, again spoke of his desire for what would be a big-money fight against Joshua. Promoter Eddie Hearn, however, revealed Parker is their favoured option once Joshua has recovered from the intense run that began with February's announcement of his fight with Charles Martin.

Asked when Joshua will next return to the ring, Hearn responded: "November. We like the Joseph Parker fight, that's the mandatory, we'll have to deal with that at some point, whether that's November, December or whether that's March, April that's a good fight. Wladimir Klitschko is a fight we'd love as well, but I'm always reluctant to make a fight of that magnitude in November."

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