LONDON — Dominic Breazeale vowed that he would not meekly surrender like Charles Martin did against Anthony Joshua. Breazeale lived up to his word, but received a methodical beating as the bloodied and bruised American was floored twice in a seventh round stoppage defeat.
Joshua established distance from the outset with a consistent, hard jab and jarring left hooks. His formidable right hand was used as a secondary weapon and Breazeale looked a step behind in every exchange. A counter right uppercut badly staggered Breazeale in the second. By the third, the challenger’s right eye was swollen shut from the counter hooks and jabs.
Breazeale briefly picked up his energy output in the sixth after drawing blood from Joshua’s nose. That carried to the seventh when Breazeale landed a solid right. Joshua smiled, and responded with guard breaking right hands that floored Breazeale against the ropes. The second knockdown again saw Breazeale trapped on the ropes and absorbing power shots, prompting the referee to halt the fight sans a ten count.
Joshua, who named Joseph Parker and Tyson Fury as potential opponents, notably spoke highly of WBC titlist Deontay Wilder as his main future target.
“One day we’ll get to experience what each other’s about,” said Joshua.
The win is Breazeale’s first defeat and Joshua’s first defense of the IBF title.