Newly crowned IBF World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KO’s), will be making the first defense of his title on June 25th 2106.  The fight will take place at the O2 Arena in London England, and will be televised on SKY Box Office PPV for the Brits.  It has not yet been announced which American network will televise the fight (HBO or ShowTime), but one must assume that ShowTime will be the winner with there ShowTime International Series.  Joshua won the IBF World Heavyweight title back on April 9th, when he knocked out former champion Charles Martin in the second round.  Martin won the title by default anyway, when he defeated Vyacheslav Glaskov for the vacant title, after Glaskov suffered a knee injury in the 3rd round, and was unable to continue.

As expected, Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF World Heavyweight title against upstart Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KO’s).  Beazeale is still raw and lacks in the stamina department.  He had a lot of trouble against Amir Marsour, who at the time of their fight was 44 years old.  Breazeale eventually knocked him out, but Mansour hurt him want times in their fight, and even put him down.  In the fight before that, Fred Kassi gave Breazeale fits as well, but he escaped with a narrow unanimous decision victory.  Breazeale’s resume is not an impressive one, and the casual fan would probably not recognize any names on it.  Now he gets the opportunity of a lifetime against Joshua for a world title.

Also added to the card is Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KO’s) VS George Groves (23-3, 18 KO’s).  This will be a good one!  After losing to Gennady Golovkin, Murray moved up to Super Middleweight.  The move was a successful one, and after piling up 3 wins in England, Murray even fought for the WBO title against Arthur Abraham.  Murray lost the fight via split decision, but many thought he should have been the winner in hostile Germany.  George Groves lost to Badou Jack back in September of 2015, but has been busy since.  He won two fights on January 30th and April 9th of 2016, and will be defending his WBA International Super Middleweight title against Murray.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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