Joshua to defend against Breazeale
Heavyweight titilist Anthony Joshua, who was recently announced to be making his first title defense on June 25 in London, now has an opponent.
Joshua will take on Dominic Breazeale at the O2 Arena, where he annexed the IBF title from Charles Martin on April 9. Breazeale scored a TKO win over Amir Mansour in January, and also competed in tihe 2012 Summer Olympics with Joshua.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to fight again, especially at The O2 which I have made my fortress,” said Joshua. “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 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,” said Joshua.
“I am looking to get passed Breazeale in style and continue moving towards the unification fight everybody is waiting for. I’m looking forward to being part of a stacked night of boxing and defending my title in style.”
In the co-feature, George Groves returns to take on Martin Murray in a super middleweight title eliminator.
“This is a fight I’ve wanted for a while and I’m delighted it’s made,” said Murray. “I’ve had some huge profile fights all over the world in Golovkin, Martinez and Abraham but never had the big one in the UK. This is a fight that British fight fans can really get their teeth into and I’m looking forward to getting the win and moving on to challenging for the World title later in the year.”
“I’m very excited to be defending my WBA international belt against Martin Murray back at the O2,” added Groves. “I’ve had two great performances this year, both in London and the latest one back at The O2. It’s always a happy hunting ground for me. “
Tickets for the card go on sale today.
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