Brizel on Breazeale, the Next Heavyweight Challenge for Anthony Joshua
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
From college quarterback at the University of Northern Colorado, to the number one ranked amateur super heavyweight, to 17-0 heavyweight contender. Now Dominic Breazeale, 6’ 7” and 230 pounds, will fight 16-0 Anthony Joshua at O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom, for the International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight champion on June 25, 2016.
Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker, David Haye, Eric Molina, Travis Kauffman, Bermane Stiverne and Johann Duhaupas will be holding their breath. The heavyweight division is getting tighter. Joshua versus Breazeale, an Al Haymon fighter, is the real deal.
When Joshua took apart Charles Martin to win the IBF title recently, questions arose as to the quality of the second tier type of opponent in the heavyweight ranks. Breazeale appeared to luck out this past January after losing every round, when opponent Amir Mansour bit his tongue in half after being fitted with an upper mouthpiece only and took 36 stitches after five rounds were completed.
Breazeale is taking a chance, and it is contender versus pretender. Consider this.
Seth Mitchell, Tye Fields, and Mark Gastineau, and Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones as all examples of the football to boxer conversion. Against a pure skill boxer, this does not work. Given, Breazeale went to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and lost in the first round. Joshua will pick Breazeale apart and take him out in six rounds or less. Talking knockout.
While not denying the hard work effort of football players venturing into the heavyweight division, Tye Fields did not go one round with Monte Barrett, and Seth Mitchell did not go one with Chris Arreola. At some point, Joshua will know how to find the defensive holes and exploit them to end the fight quickly. It will not be pleasant to watch.
For all the glory of the heavyweight division, Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua versus Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder, and maybe Lucas Browne against any of the above, is what is interesting in the future of the heavyweight division. Alexander Povetkin is too short for Deontay Wilder, who should beat him easily.
Breazeale has the height to look at 6’6” Anthony Joshua eye to eye. Breazeale is game, but he already took punishment from Mansour. The current paper heavyweight champions are so good that so far mismatching them is just an excuse to sell tickets. Joshua by knockout.