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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.

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This afternoon on Showtime, UK sensation and IBF heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua will defend this newly won title against Dominic Breazeale. The two fighters squared off at yesterday’s weigh-in with Joshua coming in at 243 pounds and Breazeale at 255. Joshua’s 243 is a pound less from his title-winning effort in April against Charles Martin and represents his lowest weight since knocking out Michael Sprott in 2014 at 240 pounds. Breazeale’s tally is three pounds heavier from when he beat Amir Mansour in January.


PREDICTION: In his last two fights, Breazeale has had a bit of luck on his side. Against Fred Kassi, Breazeale struggled with the smaller man’s pressure but got overly favorable scoring from the judges to win a unanimous decision. Against Mansour, he was dropped in the third but outlasted Mansour who retired in the fifth from a broken jaw.

Such favor is unlikely with Joshua, who hits harder and has better punching technique. Joshua showed against Martin that he can deliver straight, accurate counter punches that will give him the edge in exchanges. Although powerful, Breazeale can be clumsy at times with his footwork which causes him to throw wide, sloppy punches.

Expect Breazeale to taste the canvas 2-3 times in this one. He proclaims he isn’t Charles Martin, but I don’t expect him to last much longer. JOSHUA TKO3

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MANUKAU CITY — Joseph Parker received his first taste of adversity in a unanimous decision (116-112 twice, 115-113) win over Carlos Takam this afternoon at the Vodafone Events Centre.

Parker controlled the first three rounds by keeping Takam tentative with his hard punching and high activity. Starting in the fourth, Takam turned the tide by coming forward and taking advantage of Parker’s infighting deficiencies. Parker, who was visibly fatigued, went into full retreat in the fifth and allowed Takam to carry most of the middle rounds.

In the championship rounds, the tide changed again with Parker digging deep to outpunch the more economical Takam.

The bout was an IBF eliminator, meaning Parker could conceivably face title-holder Anthony Joshua very soon. But from this performance, it’s obvious Parker needs much more seasoning before taking on that challenge.

Watch the full fight below.

 

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LONDON — David Haye and Shannon Briggs have cleared the path for a September UK showdown after both posted early knockouts against overmatched opposition Saturday night at the 02 Arena.

First up with Shannon Briggs, who faced Argentina’s 34 year-old Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-17-3, 11 KOs). Aside from being 6’5, there was little he brought to ring against Briggs, who ended matters in the first with a left hook to the body. Zarate had taken the fight on four days notice.


Haye’s opponent, Arnold Gjergjaj, came into the ring with a glossy 29-0 record. The loss of that undefeated mark became a foregone conclusion when Haye dropped him 30 seconds in with a straight right. Gjergjaj then went into survival mode, including trying to milk a late hit at the first round bell by sinking to his knees.

The second round was a matter of cornering Gjergjaj, who surrendered to the canvas after a series of clubbing short rights.

In his post-fight interview, Haye confirmed the Shannon Briggs fight is a go for September. It remains to be seen if the actual fight will be as entertaining as the trash-talking from their upcoming press tour.

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HELSINKI, Finland — “The Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius’s title hopes have evaporated following a shocking sixth round KO loss to Johann Duhaupas at the Hartwall Arena.

Much like his gritty effort in a loss last September to WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, Duhaupas relied on his chin and high guard to walk through Helenius’ power and deliver clubbing shots. The strategy proved worthwhile when a right hand put Helenius down in the fourth and opened a bloody and likely broken nose. Still, Helenius remained dangerous and had his own success inside with jolting uppercuts.

The end came at mid-range with Duhaupas firing a right hand around Helenius’ weak parry attempt. The shot landed perfectly on Helenius’ jaw and left him sprawled on the canvas. He rose on instinct and stumbled clumsily across the ring before draping himself on the ropes. The referee prudently called off the contest as Helenius slowly sank to the canvas.

Duhaupas, who is currently ranked #13 by the WBC, will likely obtain a Top 10 ranking next month. The victory is his second consecutive win since the Wilder fight.

Helenius, who sought to remain active to make up for two years of inactivity from 2013-2015, faces an uphill battle to return to relevance in the heavyweight division.

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KRAKOW, Poland — 39 year old Tomasz Adamek is hanging up the gloves after suffering a 10th round knockout loss last night to Eric Molina.

Adamek, who could be elusive and outbox much larger foes in years past, could not avoid the Molina’s counter right hand. The former light heavyweight champion was rattled by these punches in the second and fourth rounds. He was forced to exchange big shots in the sixth and showed visible fatigue by the eighth stanza.

Despite the trouble, Adamek’s superior jab and footwork enabled him to carry a 88-83 lead on all cards headed into the 10th. Adamek was outworking his foe when a Molina right cross sent him careening under the bottom rope. Adamek beat the count, but was in no condition to defend himself and could not be saved by the bell, giving Molina the dramatic victory with one second remaining.

The comeback victory is Molina’s second win since losing by ninth round KO to WBC titlist Deontay Wilder last June.

Adamek, a veteran of 17 years, leaves the ring with a record of 50-5 (30 KOs) and titles won at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight.

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Anthony Joshua has the chance to win his first world title when he faces Charles Martin for the IBF heavyweight crown on April 9. The two fighters recently squared off on The Gloves Are Off to discuss the fight and their mentalities going in.