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Showtime for Anthony Joshua as he prepares for first defence

By Mark Bryans

Anthony Joshua is preparing to announce himself in the United States after signing a multi-fight deal with Showtime ahead of his maiden IBF world heavyweight title defence against the unbeaten Dominic Breazeale.

The pair meet at the O2 Arena on June 25, with Breazeale returning to London for the first time since his first-round defeat at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The 30-year-old from Los Angeles has won all 17 of his professional contests, with 15 stoppages, while Joshua has a 100 per cent knockout record after 16 bouts in the paid ranks.

Following the announcement of his television deal with American network Showtime, Joshua said he is ready for what will be a level fight between two unbeaten combatants.

"I know there are a lot of positive things happening in boxing and around my career, you see my reaction when these things happen and you're only good when you're winning," he said.

"Every fight could be your last fight, that is why I'm serious and I don't let success go to my head. Me and Dominic are very equal, 17 fights, 16 fights, turned professional around the same time.

"He is my fourth undefeated fighter I've been fighting. He gets to announce himself in the UK and I can announce myself in America and the best man will come out on top."

This will be Joshua's first title defence since he took the title from Charles Martin with a second-round stoppage on April 9.

Breazeale insists he will not make the same mistake as his compatriot having questioned Martin's approach to his own bout with Joshua.

"Charles Martin came over here and dropped the ball, he wasn't prepared for it. I'm hoping Anthony Joshua is preparing to be in a war and a dog fight because that is what I'm bringing.

"I'm not coming here to hear the final bell or the judges scores, I'm coming all guns blazing and to knock Anthony Joshua out."

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